Make My Drive Fun

The site Make My Drive Fun is pretty darn cool. Go enter your starting and end point and see the magic unfold.

One Time Secret

My super-smart developer friend John told me about One Time Secret. It helps you keep sensitive info out of your email and chat logs. Helpful!

PS: Apparently you can send one-way secret messages through Slack as well.

Why Did I Not Know About Notarize?

I had to get a form notarized yesterday. And I am sure many of you agree, finding a local notary is a total pain. My neighbor Marious suggested I use notarize.com. It connects you with a notary somewhere in the country, via video call. First you answer a bunch of questions that make sure you are who you say you are and then there is a real human notary, talking to you, via video conferencing. It was like magic! I totally squealed! So easy! So quick!

Notion

I have recently started using Notion. It’s no exaggeration when I say it’s life changing. For the first time I ever I feel like I have one place to organize my life and work in a simple and intuitive way. Love falling down rabbit holes on YouTube of people sharing their own personal way of using Notion.

Pitch

I just recently discovered Pitch and am wildly impressed. If you have to create presentations and are like me struggling with Google Slides and want a more collaborative tool than Keynote, Pitch might be for you. The template gallery is impressive to get you started with.

TeuxDeux Got a Tune Up (Hello, Android Users!)

In 2010 I accidentally, for funsies, created a simple to-do app with my studiomate Cameron Koczon. We jokingly called it TeuxDeux. This trusty companion has kept us organized ever since!

A few weeks after building it, and just Cameron and I using it, friends kept asking to get in on it. We decided to make it available to the public and has since attracted an incredibly loyal and committed fan base of humans who love to cross things off.

The concept is simple: Make an app that feels as close to a paper list as possible, but that is with you at every step of the way: On the go on your phone but also ready to keep you organized when you work on your computer. (The secret is to set your browser landing page to teuxdeux.com so you’re being reminded what you need to do every time you open a browser window!)

Cameron and his team spent the past few months rebuilding the app from scratch and, drumrolls please, added the long awaited Android app! (iPhone users, we gotchu too.)

If you’re familiar with TeuxDeux you’ll notice the new and improved user interface on the app and the much faster and reliable syncing thanks to a complete rebuild of the back-end.

I love this app and I am grateful it is in such capable hands with Cameron and his team: Try it for free!

Favorite Branding Agencies

Wow! I discovered so many new branding agencies I had never heard of in this thread. Thanks to everyone who responded.

Am I Part Of The Problem?

Big thanks to Kevin Kelly for sharing Am I Part of The Problem? It’s an interactive (and empathic) tool that will walk you through how to apologize. Kevin also describes in his post: “It also helps you understand the difference between intent and impact and the different ways you can make amends — direct, indirect or by example. It’s not designed to make you feel better about yourself, but instead is a useful practice in accountability.”

TeuxDeux Turns 11


Happy Birthday, TeuxDeux. Thank you for keeping me organized for 11 years straight.

(TeuxDeux is a to-do app I created in collaboration with FictiveKin. If you like checking things off, if you like simple lists, you will love TeuxDeux.)

How Tim Ferriss Digests Books

I loved this video in which Tim Ferriss breaks down how he reads and synthesizes books. Super interesting.

Bookshop

Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. Here’s your alternative to buying books on Amazon! Yes, please!

How To Run Meetings on Zoom

It seems like every meeting or online gathering is currently happening on Zoom. The platform is absolutely impressive but also takes a bit getting used to. Alexa knows a lot about running Zoom events and put together a guide for you, with checklists and all. She created the document originally to help our CreativeMornings hosts to move their events online. Here you go!

ps: My favorite functionality is the break out rooms. Check that chapter!

This is How I Organize my Phone

In this short YouTube video Matt D’Avella shares how he organizes his phone. I am so excited he mentions my to-do App called TeuxDeux. Thank you Matt!

Inbox Zero Trick

I love this step by step guide how to achieve Inbox Zero in Gmail to start the year out fresh.

Happy 10th Birthday, TeuxDeux!

10 years ago today, my friends at FictiveKin and I launched TeuxDeux, a simple, minimal to-do app. If you like paper lists, you’ll like TeuxDeux.

Happy our birthday to you!

I keep my TeuxDeux as the browser landing page, which means, every time I open a browser window I am being reminded what I should be focusing on. Whatever you don’t check off today, will automatically roll over to the next day. You see the week at a glance and it’s delightfully simple. And in the ‘someday section’ below I keep lists like shopping, movies I want to watch, gift ideas for the kids, etc

Try it for free for 30 days! And if you do, do me a favor and enable the flying cat in the settings. You’ll see!

ps: We have an iOS app, but no Android yet. Someday!

AirFly

This simple gadget called AirFly connects your AirPods to anything with a headphone jack. In my case, I wanted to be able to use my AirPods during an airplane ride. And it worked. Seamlessly. You could also use it at the gym. Or for your computer games. Well done, Twelve South.

-Shift-K in Slack

Marco Polo Video Chat App

I just discovered the Marco Polo Video Chat App and I am intrigued. With my family and a lot of my friends living in different parts of the world, I often find it hard to stay in touch beyond just text and email. Marco Polo seems to have cracked this nut. You can talk/ aka record a video message when you’re on the go, between appointments, whenever it’s convenient for you. Your friend can watch in real time or later. Unlike other video apps, you don’t need to be live. It’s safe and private. So, that means, no likes, no comments. Dreamy!

CreativeMornings Job Board

This week I interviewed two *delightful* humans for a designer position at Tattly that found the job listing through the CreativeMornings job board. The thought that my team and I built a job board that attracts talented and big hearted humans makes my heart explode.

The job board is global and you can filter by all commitment levels, meaning, full time, part time, contract, freelance and even internships. You can post unlimited jobs with an affordable membership to the CreativeGuild, the global directory of companies, professionals and jobs, run by CreativeMornings.

My To-Do App featured by Ellen degeneres

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OMG! My simple to-do app TeuxDeux is featured on Ellen DeGeneres’ Instagram account with over 77M followers. I am dead.

Design Questions Library

The Design Questions Library is part of d.school’s recently launched “Public Library“, a digital collection built to help you go beyond the basics and dive deeper into the nuances of design. Can’t wait to see what else they’ll be adding.

Marie Kondo Your Twitter Feed

This site allows you to go Marie Kondo on the accounts you follow on Twitter. It guides you through them, one by one, and asks you; is what they are sharing sparking joy? Insightful exercise. (And, of course, I kept following Liz Danzico)

Letterlist

Letterlist allows you to find newsletters based on your interests. I signed up for a few new ones.

Speechify: Audiobook Anything

This app just took my breath away: Speechify let’s you turn anything into an audiobook – readings for school, reports for work, PDFs on your computer, articles online, physical books. This way you can listen while doing other things like driving, cooking, or at the gym.