Collide Magazine recently asked me to contribute to their “Weapons of Choice” feature for a recent issue. Other contributors included Carlos Whittaker, Barton Damer, DJ Chuang, Michael Buckingham, and others. You can read the entire feature here.
Thought I’d share my weapon list in this post, but would also love for you to share yours in the comment section. Here’s mine:
This is the Getting Things Done system for creatives. Action Method is flexible and allows you to organize based on you rather than a “set” system.
Adobe Connect makes my online coaching community run smoothly. It’s expensive, but the consistency and features are amazing. My likes: consistent video quality, voice via phone (which saves bandwidth), multimedia capabilities, and a great iPhone app.
TUL Black Retractable Gel Pen
I love a good pen. I have a small collection of Mont Blancs that either belonged to my dad or were gifts. But I also lose things, so I no longer travel with them. I’ve found a good alternative in the TUL pen (only available at OfficeMax).
It’s the Scott Hodge Brain Collection Agency. Evernote is a great place to store things such as articles, documents, spreadsheets, quotes, photos, emails, screenshots, voice memos, design ideas, etc. And the best part? It’s free.
15-inch i7 MacBook Pro
I’m going into my fifth year using a Mac. I love it, and I can’t imagine my life without it.
Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G
I move around a lot, and there’s nothing worse than paying a gazillion dollars for airport or hotel Internet access. The Sprint Overdrive works great and allows you to share the signal via WiFi with up to five users.
Mindmapping has forever changed my life. I use it to prepare teachings, organize projects, jot down ideas, and prepare articles like this one. There are also some great (and free) online alternatives.
I love me some Google. Our entire team uses it for everything from docs to email to calendars. It’s easy to share and Google even offers the business edition free to non-profits.
I’ve been using the black, hard cover, ruled notebook for more than five years. I use it every day for everything from journaling to sketching creative designs and ideas.
I love great food! Yelp has a great iPhone app for finding the sweet eateries in whatever city you’re visiting.
Skype is still the best and most consistent call and video quality I can find. It’s the way I stay connected to my family when I’m out of the country.