Below you’ll find a list of products and tools that can help you simplify your life.
I use all of the products I recommend and never recommend products that I haven’t researched and tested.
At this time, I currently have no affiliations with any of the companies mentioned on this page.
Evernote – Digital Notebook
My personal favourite app for paperless organisation, planning and productivity. I use it for note taking, journaling, saving web articles and filing documents in digital format so I can access them all in one place.
Evernote also has a handy feature that lets you quickly digitise paperwork using your smartphone’s camera so you can recycle the physical copy if you don’t need it and keep the digital copy on your smartphone. If dealing with physical paper causes you a lot of stress, then you’ll find great value in Evernote.
LastPass – Password Manager
The importance of online security cannot be overemphasised. Many people try to keep their online security simple by using only a small handful of easy-to-remember passwords (if not the same password for every account). But doing this puts most or even all of your accounts at risk if your password is ever discovered.
LastPass is a password manager software that lets you save a different (and strong) password for all of your accounts but access them all with just one password. This way, you get the benefit of both simplicity and security.
Other useful features of LastPass include the Secure Notes section that lets you store personal information (handy if you ever need to recall your details on the move from your smartphone) and the Form Fill section that let’s you fill online forms with just a few clicks.
Audible – Audiobook Service
In comparison to printed books, digital books have certain advantages that can help you simplify your life. They’re more portable and no matter how small your home is, you’ll always have room for them.
In audio format, books have even more advantages while still maintaining portability and space efficiency. Not only do they give your eyes a rest from staring into a screen all day, but they can also be a very engaging way to entertain and enrich your mind when read by a skilled performer.
Pocket – Bookmarking and Reading
With so much information available to consume, keeping your reading organised can be a challenge, especially when you read from many different sources. Pocket is a handy tool for saving web articles, images and videos that you want to read, view or watch later. You can also tag your list to make it even clearer to navigate.
Pocket can also store web articles offline so you can download them via wifi then access them even if you’re without an internet connection (depending on how much you read, this could also save you money on your mobile data plan.)
Freedom – Internet/App blocker
Despite the infinity of benefits that the internet can bring to your life, it is arguably one of the most distracting technologies ever created. An important part of living a simple life is having an environment that allows you to focus your attention on what’s important to you.
Freedom is an app you can install on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. When active, it will block access to any website you tell it to so you can give more of your attention to something important. I personally use Freedom every morning when writing and block access to sites that have no relevance to my one goal.
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
One of my personal favourite books. If you read only one book about minimalism, make it this one. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus tell their story of how they worked their way up the corporate ladder, earned six figure incomes and lived the American Dream only to realise it didn’t make them as happy as consumerism promised. This book focuses less on possessions and more on the fundamentals of what truly brings you long term happiness.
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
In comparison to Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, Joshua Becker’s book is a little more expansive covering the philosophies of minimalism, how consumerism effects us and practical tips on living with less. If you’re looking for a book that covers both why you should declutter and how you can do it, then this book might just be for you.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
While this book might not relate directly to minimalism, the impact it can have on your life cannot be overstated. In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield talks about an unseen force that’s inside every one of us (including you) that constantly prevents us from doing the work that’s most important to us. If you feel like you’re unsure of what’s truly important to you and would like compelling encouragement to do it, I couldn’t recommend this book more.