In April this year, I bought a Chromebook after three years using my
Ipad ( 2013) and my Motorola G6+ to most of my online activities. I have a dead Mac air (2012) and a 10-year-old Acer laptop too, but it’s almost impossible to use. I saved money for half a year ( I’m on sick-leave and live from social welfare) to buy a used Chromebook (Acer CB311–8H), but I was lucky and the one I got was almost unused and to less the half prize.
Rebuilding my Digiverse
It has been a bit of a journey to evaluate and ReBuild my Digiverse after many years of illness (I’m still not well but manage better now.) Not being very active due to my sickness in the past 5 years when I had little or no energy to do anything creative, the Chromebook released me. And that it coincided with the Corona outbreak was a bit of a blessing in disguise. (In fact, my Chromebook has had almost the same impact as my Nokia N95 had back in 2008. I will write another article about that later on.) I started my online Journal Journalings Of Sporring, using Evernote and Postach.io. And a couple of weeks ago I also started a newsletter accompanying the online journal (of sorts) using Revue. (There’s another article that I wrote about Journaling online here Journaling online, my experiences so far)
I’m amazed that this has triggered many other things for me, like a better cognitively and memory for one. But also a better sense of who I am now, and what I can do with my limitations. And much to my surprise other health benefits is also notable, one is that I’m happier now.
I have been an early adopter since February 2008 and one of the first apps I added to my Digiverse was Evernote. And it’s still the key app in my digiverse. I use Evernote to a lot of things, scanning important papers, receipts, notes from paper, post-its, etc. I also use for packing lists (not so often these days though..), random notes (both text and sound), pdf’s and so on. I also photograph interesting books I find in the library and put them in a folder for later reading. So it’s a key app for me and it will e hard to replace for sure.
Did I mention that I’m also an ECC (Evernote Certified Consultant)
I use PomoDoneApp to keep track of my writingsessions and other things I do. I feel that doing my things in Pomodoro sessions makes it both clearer and more focused. I divided my sessions into 20 mins sessions with a pause of 5 mins, 4 of these, and then a 20 mins rest (or more) Before doing anything again. If you’re not familiar with the Pomodortechnique, you can read more here about it: Pomodoro Technique I highly recommend using this technique while working as it helps sharpen your thoughts and you’re not getting burned out easy.
Google Calendar and Mail
I have been using Gmail as my main mail since 2005, I have had my own domains with their own email servers, but in the end, I’m always returning to G-mail. And since Google is an entity in itself, Google calendar service me well also. And of course, I use other apps and services provided by Google.
Todoist is my goto(!) ToDo app, it services it purpose well and I had the pro version for a while but I think it’s a bit too expensive to have, and for my purposes, the freemium version works well. I have tried so many others but no one has reached up to Todoists cleanness and ease.
For some reason, I’m starting to shift my collecting of articles from Pocket to Diigo. Pocket seems to have stopped to develop, while Diigo has utilities like annotations and highlighting for free that Pocket doesn’t have at all, so a shift totally from Pocket to Diigo is near for me now. I used Instapaper a lot when it came but when they changed the freemium version to a much less working one I cut it out of my Digiverse.
I have been using Roam Research since late April, and it coincided with me getting my Chromebook. Roam is certainly a more neural approach in notetaking as well as an extremely flexible system. I’m experimenting a bit with Zettlekasten now and here Roam has got its true strength. I write most of my articles and other writings here first and then I check them in Grammarly and Hemingway (English writings only).
Roam Research has taken over many of the tasks I used to do in Evernote before, however, I’m not convinced to leave Evernote.
Is a recent addition to my digiverse, but I can already see a future for it in my Digiverse. Here you can drop whatever you want without tagging it, putting in certain folders, it’s, in my opinion, a kind of fuzzy storage with an ai that helps you tag and search for the correct thing you dropped there. It also connects things/stuff there so you can use it for your articles or other writings. I hope later on do a more in-depth article on the automagic app. You can read their description here: https://mymind.com/what-is-mymind
I use the Alternote extension in Chrome to update my blogs/Journal, and when I had my Mac Air I used their software to do my writings in Evernote.
Blogging/Journaling and writing articles online
I draft more and more of my articles/writings in Roam Research, previously I wrote them in Quip or Google Docs. Roam Research gives me a calm canvas to work on with little distraction. I spellcheck in Grammarly (English posts) and also give them run in Hemingway online editor. Swedish is my native language but I prefer writing in English for many years now.
Previously I had my own hosted WordPress blogs but I don’t feel it’s a practical any longer. Now I publish most of my articles here on Medium, except my online journal. But beside that, I’m open to testing other platforms and doing collaborations. Hit me with them, please!
Finally, I found a site called Producthunt where you can find new and interesting apps/services. I go there at least once a week to see what’s new, and to keep somewhat in the loop what’s new and exciting.
Disclaimer: This article was first published on my personal blog at Sporring.biz