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Productivity Workflow Writing

A Look at Frost 3.0

Frost 3.0 - Minimalistic Writing Environment
Featured in The Startup

A new challenger appears

For the longest time I’ve sought to streamline my writing environment, and I’ve written plenty of articles to that fact. One of the first needs of any software I use to write is its ability to strip away all other distractions.

I can appreciate the tools a full-blown word processor contains, but most feel like the strange amalgamation of desktop publishing and presentation software.

The best writing applications provide a single full-screen writing environment where you can’t waste time playing with font choice, weight, or exessive punctuation options.

A new contender to the distraction-free writing arena, Frost 3.0 brings this same appeal but also deviates from the pack. It’s not just about a place to write, but centres on atmospheric musical soundscapes to inspire while you type your masterpiece, and it’s freely available in-browser right now.

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Productivity Workflow Writing

Bear – A Three Year Journey

Bear app logo

A story of note taking, enabling tech, and me

Featured in The Startup

Note taking is an incredibly personal thing. Some like paper, others record their voice, and then there are those brave souls who wade into the hundreds of applications available that strive to be the best thing since lined paper.

In a previous article I wrote a few years ago, Welcome to the Note Taking Apocalypse, I discussed the issue of app store choice when it came to finding a note taking application that had a balanced mix of key functions with an interface that feels frictionless which gets out of the users way.

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Productivity Updates

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

iPhone 6 face down. Photo by Fabian Grohs on Unsplash

How it took Apple to cut off updates to make me finally upgrade

So I’ve done it, I’ve finally replaced my trusty iPhone 6. I’ve been in this relationship for five long years and it’s one I won’t soon forget. Initially released on September 19th, 2014 the iPhone 6 was a masterpiece to behold.

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Productivity Workflow Writing

How to Easily Nail Email Subject Lines

These days subject lines standout more than content

A Simple Strategy for Improving Email Interaction

Featured in The Startup

Writing persuasive and informative email content is a skill that everyone who communicates to others on a regular basis needs to develop, but having a strong approach to email subject lines Is an even more critical skill to possess.

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Productivity Workflow Writing

Welcome to the Note Taking Apocalypse

Collection of note taking apps from macOS App Store

In a sea of apps, what matters most when taking notes?

Featured in The Startup

If you’re like me then you’ll have found yourself often standing at the front door of your app store staring at the sheer wall of note taking applications that are available at the moment. Variety and diversity of any type of application is usually a good thing, it allows you to try out different combinations that suit your needs and style, you can find what works for you and what doesn’t.

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Productivity Tips & Tricks Workflow Writing

PAGES — A Simple Productivity Enhancement

Person writing in notebook near laptop
Featured in Writers on Writing

If you’ve been navigating writing circles in the last few years it would be difficult to avoid the mention of Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages” Technique.

Put basically, the practice of “Morning Pages” is where every morning, you take out a journal and write out three pages in longhand. On these pages you can put anything you want, anything at all.