ZenPen: An online tool for distraction-free writing.
ZenPen has a lovely layout and typography. This makes writing seem more fun and easier on the eyes. Plus, it keeps me focused on the task at hand, by removing overwhelming features such as colors and fonts. I find this helpful at staying focused.
Give it a try. I’ve found myself coming back to it a couple of times, and use it over Evernote and Google Docs sometimes for smaller writing tasks.
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Online tools I’ve recently discovered for checking your sites copy:
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Here are a few apps that I’ve found very beneficial and that I’ve consistently been using in my everyday walk though life.
“Easily break bad habits like smoking, drinking or nail biting, or build positive habits like fitness, meditation or reading” (via their site)
I’ve found this one will worth the price to upgrade to premium, which allows you to add more Habits. I’ve found that if I have habits that I’m trying to form that this easy to use app allows me to quickly open it up, mark my habit as complete or incomplete, and get out. Besides the easy to use interface, I like the fact that it gives me a nice view and percentage of how successful I’ve been at keeping up with my habit building along with positive reinforcement(ex: “You’re on a 30 streak”, etc..). This I’ve found to help keep me motivated and be cautious about breaking a streak, in turn, helping it become more habitual.
“Millions of people have lost weight with MyFitnessPal’s FREE calorie counter
Get free access to the world’s largest nutrition and calorie database — over 5 million foods!” (via their site)
Calorie counting arguments aside, I’ve found this app extremely beneficial. Reasoning? Well, I find that when I keep track of what I’m eating, I tend to make healthier choices in what I put in my body as well as how much I consume. Why? Because when I have that information readily available I can see what effect(amount of sugar, calories, etc..) my choices in what I consume have. I also like the fact that I’m able to see what nutrients I’m consuming, where personally I find I operate the most effectively on a high protein, high fiber diet. This allows me to see that I’m consuming enough protein throughout the day and if I’m feeling sluggish that maybe that entire family size bag of potato chips wasn’t the best choice. Also, being able to see my weight chart helps my positive eating habits stick after seeing effects that they have.
Are there better ones? Probably. The thing that I’ve found through my personal experiences is that you might not have the perfect app or maybe you just think that there’s a better one out there, but I can’t help but feel like if the app is making a positive change in your life, workflow, etc.. that actually using them consistently is far more important then having the perfect app. Maybe there are limitations you come across later down the road – cross those roads when you get to them. Otherwise you spin your wheels(something I know and have experienced far too much and is still a constant battle) in search of the perfect app when you could have been making positive changes to your life. At least that’s my take on it.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb
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