Software, Apps and Systems I am using, as of Dec 2020
You can find the updated version of this note at https://hiran.in/list/tools
I use Mac Book Pro provided by Kaleyra for all primary purposes and iPad Pro 2020 for personal requirements. Google Pixel 3a is my only phone, with Before Launcher and 95% notifications turned off. For reading, I use a 2013 Kindle Paperwhite.
I started Bullet Journal back in 2015 and tried using multiple notebooks. Of all, the favorite is Matrikas. But for 2021, I am looking for a smaller book with some reusable function — hence I choose to go with Pennline Quikrite. After years of thinking, I bought a TWSBI Eco Fountain pen, which I use with Pelikan Brilliant Brown Ink. How I use Bullet Journal.
I started my design career with GIMP and Inkscape, and I still use them. For a while, I shifted to Adobe tools until I found Sketchapp. As of now, I don’t own Adobe or Sketch license for the last year (but planning to get one for Lightroom), as I am using Figma for all-screen design requirements. Also, I have Procreate App on my iPad, but that’s too French for me!
I was never a note-taker, but someone who jot down interesting URLs I visited (especially WordPress themes from Theme forest). Evernote was my tool of choice until my requirement changed (and Evernote became bulky). Later, I started building it with Notion (Notion was my Project Manager and ToDo list and everything). Some accidental missing of data and formatting issues made me search for an alternative, and I ended up at Obsidian, which stores information as Markdown.
The significant usage of my mobile is to provide me with audio content. I use Audible and Storytel for Audiobook and Voice app in case I need one. For Podcast, I still use PocketCast, and for everything else, there is YTMusic.
For personal stuff, tasks, and to-do lists, go to Bullet Journal, and if there is any project that needs more, I will go with Notion. My suggestion of Project Management tools is based on usage context — if you have well-defined tasks, go for Trello Kanban. If you need to make some filtering and complicated tables, go for Notion. And if you are in the ideation/collaborative phase — please use Basecamp and NOT Google Docs.
My personal website uses WordPress with Semplice theme. Yoast, Documents from Git, and Akismet are the only plugins I use. Notes.Hiran uses Github and Jekyll with the SimplyJekyll theme. (Both Work in Progress)