Below I’ve quickly summarized three of these tools which I regularly use. Coincidentally, they all have light green in their branding, hence this post’s Title!
1) Blinkist: In late 2016 I stumbled on a phone app (also available via web browser) that is best described by Blinkist itself: “Where do the world’s smartest people get their ideas? From great books! Blinkist distills the key insights of 1,500+ bestselling nonfiction books into powerful 15-minute reads or listens. Boost your knowledge and gain new perspectives to become a better, smarter you.” It is a paid service (as authors and publishers shouldn’t be expected to divulge the best contents of their books for free) that has proven to be an excellent personal investment. Non-fiction is a broad genre, so I’ve learned great insights on marketing, health, spirituality, and much more, all within 15 minute audio summaries. Begin your free trial here!
2) Evernote: To the busy person who prioritizes single-tasking, Evernote provides quick and easy “information” storage to go back to when you have time, helping you stay organized. What do I mean by “information” here? Again, this is best described by the source:
“Evernote gives you the tools you need to keep your work effortlessly organized:
- Write, collect and capture ideas as searchable notes, notebooks, checklists and to-do lists
- Take notes in a variety of formats, including: text, sketches, photos, audio, video, PDFs, web clippings and more
- Use camera capture to easily scan and comment on pieces of paper, including printed documents, business cards, handwriting and sketches
- Attach Microsoft Office docs, PDFs and photos
- Organize your receipts, bills and invoices
- Use Evernote as a digital notepad and easy-to-format word processor for all your thoughts as they come.”
Evernote has a free option, as well as a couple of paid options for larger storage capacity and functionality. Don’t have time to read the rest of this blog post? Save it to your Evernote account in a newly created notebook (maybe titled “Web Articles”) and come back to it later!
3) Udemy: Also available on multiple devices including smart phones and desktop, “Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where more than 13 million students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals from over 40,000 courses taught by expert instructors. Whether you're looking to advance your career or explore a new hobby, it's all in one place.” With a user-friendly interface, Udemy is an excellent option for seeking knowledge on over 1200 topics. Though many courses can be purchased, there’s also many free online courses to choose from. Not only is there a variety of popular subjects (math, science, business, cooking, health, etc.), there is an option to rate and review courses, giving you ample information to decide if the paid course resonates with you. You don’t even need to create an account to browse courses, so check it out here!