We often get asked what apps and tools we use at Motto. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we rely on a collection of various apps to help us be more productive. Here is a list of 10 of our favorites.
Noisli — Background noise generator
Noisli improve focus and boost your productivity with fantastic background noise. Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment for working and relaxing. You can load it on your browser or download the app. A go-to mix for us is 75% train track with a little touch of B noise. A cozy night time mix is 20% fire and a smidgen of moon. You’ll want some Wondermade marshmallows to go with that one.
Finding a time that works for everyone to schedule a meeting can be such a headache. Calendly makes scheduling simple by letting people book meetings based on our mutual availability. Our buddy Philip Morgan turned us onto it (thanks Phil!). It’s a total time saver because it eliminates the email back and forth of figuring out what time is good for everyone. We loved using it so much with him that we started using it for Motto. People who schedule meetings with us on Calendly love it too. Win-win.
Momentum is a personal dashboard designed to rid distractions and provide focus and productivity. It’s a homepage replacement for Chrome that focused you throughout your work day. On its surface, it’s a simple productivity app that lets you keep a to-do list atop a stunning nature photo. When you begin to use Momentum, it has a way of creeping into your workflow, reminding you of what’s important so you can get things done.
During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But at 11pm, you shouldn’t be looking at the sun. You should be giving your precious eyes a rest. f.lux makes the color temperature of your display adapt to whatever time of day it is, so you’re never blinded by your screen again. At night, it warms up your display to match your indoor lighting. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again. Your eyeballs will thank you.
Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. Hemingway highlights long sentences and common errors so you know what to edit. If you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, it means your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow it. If you see a blue highlight, reduce the amount of adverbs so it’s more effective. If Hemingway doesn’t help you become a better writer, well… that’s just not possible. While you’re at it, check out Grammarly too.
If waking up were a piece of cake, alarm clocks wouldn’t come with scary sounds that rattle the shit out of people into getting out of bed. I don’t know about you, but the noise a golf cart makes when backing up doesn’t make for the most enjoyable wake up call. The Rise Alarm Clock app is beautifully designed and makes waking up as pleasant as possible. It’s super simple to operate (you snooze by shaking your phone) and the minimalist design is a nice way to ease into your morning.
We’re always sharing screenshots of work in progress and other captures with our team. CloudApp makes it easy to do that. When you take a screenshot, it automatically uploads it to the cloud and puts a link in your clipboard — All you have to do is just paste the link. Shared. Done.
Speaking of screenshots, Awesome Screenshot is another goodie that we use all the time. It’s a browser add-on that captures all or part of any web page. You can annotate, comment, blur sensitive info, and share with one-click uploads.
Slack App is the most awesome app we use, next to Skype. It brings all your communication together in one awesome app. It offers real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams like Motto. Plus, you can share funny gifs, create topic-based chat rooms and invite others to collaborate.
When we’re developing brands for our clients, creating brand and digital mood boards are always part of the process in order to seed the creative process. We’ve tried lots of tools for gathering reference images, including Pinterest, but Niice is like a visual search engine built to inspire you. We love the interface.
What are some of your favorite apps and tools? Which one of these apps as an entrepreneur are your favorites? Leave us a comment and please share it with your friends!