Here are some tools that help me work better and more efficiently.
- I use the Getting Things Done (GTD) system, with a pocket notebook for capturing ideas, Workflowy for managing lists, and Evernote as a digital filing cabinet.
- A bluetooth keyboard like this one goes a long way toward making it possible to do real work on a smartphone or tablet.
- Website keywords (for Google Chrome) are faster than bookmarks.
- I try to form routines instead of relying on habits
- How to Write a Lot (book)
- Publish and Flourish (book)
- Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day (book)–Useful despite the hyperbolic title.
- Great way to proofread: have your computer read your text aloud. On a Mac, you can set up a keyboard shortcut to trigger Text-to-Speech in any program.
- Detexify–Draw a symbol to get the $\LaTeX$ code that produces it.
- Pandoc–Converts files between different formats, including .docx (Word), $\LaTeX$, HTML, Markdown, and many more. I’ve taken to writing everything in Markdown and using Pandoc to convert to whatever I need on a given occasion, which allows me to write with fewer formatting distractions.
- StackEdit — In-browser markdown editor with LaTeX support.
- Gummi–LaTeX editor for Linux with great live preview.
- Unicodeit.net–Convert LaTeX expressions into unicode output for insertion into emails, Word documents, etc.
- Anki–Spaced-repetition flashcard program for Windows, Linux, and Mac.
- f.lux–Warms up the colors on your screen when the sun is down to make evening computer use less disruptive to your circadian rhythms. (Mac and Windows)