One hundred years ago, all writers had were fountain pens and sheaths of papyrus. At least, that’s what I imagine. Somehow, Tolstoy still got it done. It makes me feel slightly guilty that I need a horde of apps to get what I need to done. Then, I remember Tolstoy’s brain did not have to contend with Facebook’s marketing team.
Also, let’s face it. I’m no Tolstoy. These are the things I need to get it done, so I’m using them.
RescueTime–This page records what I’m doing on all three of my computers. It calls me out when I think I’ve spent less time on social media than I have. I can set goals and block websites. Mainly, I use though to see what I’m really getting done. (You may be able to use it on your phone too. I took social media off my phone a year ago. I’m not responsible enough to have it there.)
HabitHub–This is a phone app that I use to track my habits day by day. Every day I check off what I’ve done. Right now I’m trying to create four habits: 1000 words per day, decide on tomorrow’s words before bed, keep a creative log, and use the app every day.
Cold Turkey–I used this to block websites that my fingers click on before my brain can stop them. Cold Turkey stops them. I believe Rescue Time will do this too. I had Cold Turkey first and have website nemeses blocked together already. I bought the ‘bundle’ so I could set it up on all of my computers.
Canva–The best hope I have for creating graphics. (At least that I know of.) It almost makes me feel techy.