5 Apps to automate your life and improve your productivity

Notion

Notion is one of the most talked-about apps in the tech space right now, and for a valid reason. What started out as a new way for document collaboration has evolved into a tool that basically can manage your life.

Taken from the Notion website
  • Taking notes for whatever I am studying or learning at the moment and organizing them into easily accessible pages
  • Planning and drafting my writing (I actually wrote this on Notion before I published it here)
  • Using it for budget planning, investments, and subscription tracking
  • Long and short term goal planning as well as journalling
  • Travel planner
  • Creating shopping lists
  • Personal website — yes I actually made my personal website using Notion and another cool app called super.so .
  • Subtle plug to check it out — www.tanmaygoel.com
  • And finally, I also use it for its original purpose, for collaborating with my team on side projects like Encore and mymizu
Taken from the Notion website

Todoist

If Notion is more for long-term, broader planning, then Todoist is my daily planner.

Taken from the Todoist website

Hey for Email

Hey was created by people frustrated by how little improvement there has been to email since forever.

Taken from the Hey website
  • Every time someone new sends you an email, Hey lets you decide whether it is important to you or not. If you say no, you will never see that sender again.
  • After that, you can decide where these emails belong. If they are important and require your attention they go to the Inbox if they are just some transactional emails that you need to have, but will never look at, they go into the Paper Trail, and if they are newsletters, they go into this beautiful feed where you can read them like a social media feed.
  • It has a ‘Reply Later’ bucket where you can put all the emails you want to reply to later (so you don't forget them), and you can reply to all of them in one go when you have the time and mind space.
  • You can also ‘Set Aside’ some important emails like travel bookings, meeting emails, tickets, etc that you might need to quickly access whenever needed.

Lastpass (or any password manager)

This has seriously been a LIFESAVER. If you are like me and cannot remember passwords to save your life, you need to get a Password Manager.

Taken from the LastPass website

Alexa (or Siri, or Google Assistant)

  • I use Alexa to control my music, and they also double up as good-quality speakers.
  • All my lights are Alexa enabled. You don’t need to buy expensive Phillips Hue lights, you can buy very cheap 10$ lights that work as well.
  • For example, I set different lighting combinations for different times of the day. If I say “Alexa, night lights’, all my lights will turn off, and my lamp turns on at the dimmest ambient colour to prepare me for my sleep.
  • I use Alexa for alarms, reminders, current time, weather, the status of my amazon deliveries and even to read out my calendar, all without the need to touch my phone at all, it does not even distract me from what I’m doing and keeps me in my flow state.
  • For example, creating a morning routine with Alexa, first, it rings the alarm, then tells me my calendar for the day, followed by the weather, and then plays my morning playlist from Spotify. By the time the songs start coming on, I am pretty much awake and ready for the day without even looking at my phone.
  • The Skills store has an enormous amount of different companies making apps that you can use for Alexa. So definitely experiment with it. It could help with meditation, learning languages, or even play your news or audiobooks.

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Tanmay Goel

Tanmay Goel

I like to write about Product, Tech, Culture, and anything else I can think about