One is interesting. Two is curious. Three, well, that’s a story. Or so goes the rationale in newsrooms. Or the newsrooms I worked in. It’s the Rule of Three, meaning you needed a minimum of three of something — sources, items, examples etc… — to get your idea or story going. So we’ve got our own version of the Rule Of Three, focusing on three things we love and need for a better work life. Today, we’re talking about applications we can’t live without.
Texture: My love affair with magazines predates my need to read them for work. I would re-read Highlights as a child (really), and was so infatuated with Sassy (RIP), that I clipped the monthly slang definitions to create my own dictionary. I applied for an internship (got response back too), but was shut down by my mom when I mentioned moving to New York for a summer to live (I had to be around 15). Fast forward quite a few years, and I just can’t keep up with the volume of magazines I need and want to read. Enter the amazing Texture app. For as little as $9.99 a month, you can access full issues of your favorite magazines, including Vogue, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, New York Magazine, Garden & Gun, and many more. So portable, and no stacks of unread glossies throwing shade from a dusty pile in the corner. Click here to check out Texture (they offer a free trial too).
Evernote: Simply, Evernote is a lifesaver. According to the app, I’ve been a user since 2012. Seems like a long time, but I can believe it. I use Evernote for work, for personal, for just about everything. Syncing is flawless and amazing between laptop, tablet and phone (we’re 100 percent Apple users here). When RSC was in it’s infancy, Evernote was the primary way we shared information among team members. Our use of it has changed a bit as our business has grown, but it’s still integral to our (and my) day-to-day. Click here to check out Evernote (free plans available).
Boomerang for Gmail: Very often, I find my most productive time of day is late at night. And that freaks people out. Plus, what kind of message is that sending when my e-mails land in their inbox at 2a? It’s not good, any way you cut it. We use Google Biz apps, so when I fully embraced the wonder that is Boomerang, managing my email workload was completely transformed. YOU CAN SCHEDULE EMAILS. It does a bunch of other stuff, too, but YOU CAN SCHEDULE EMAILS. My love for Boomerang goes so deep, I wish there was a text version that worked as seamlessly. Click here for details. Free, but unlimited use is around $5-$15 a month.