Here are some tools that help me work better and more efficiently.
- I use the Getting Things Done (GTD) system, with Simplenote and 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.
- Gummi–LaTeX editor for Linux with great live preview.
- Unicodeit.net–Convert LaTeX expressions into unicode output for insertion into emails, Word documents, etc.
- Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less–I have tried Blogger and tumblr. For my purposes at least, WordPress blows them both away. If you use WordPress.com, WordPress hosts your site for free but limits your ability to customize it. If you use WordPress.org, you have to pay a small fee (~$5/mo.) for a hosting service such as Bluehost, but you can enhance your site with an enormous variety of WordPress plugins. Personally, I found it worth the money to convert to WordPress.org after a few months of using WordPress.com.
- Premium WordPress Themes by StudioPress–Provides easy-to-use, beautiful WordPress themes with terrific customer service.
- 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)