Tools

Being a minimalist and a tech-loving person can often be at odds with each other, but I do my best to keep my software and hardware streamlined. Below is a list of my curated tools. (updated September 20, 2023)

Journaling

Bullet Journal
I started using the Bullet Journal method to help with mental health, growth, and more. This method of journaling has been revolutionary for me. I have found the official Bullet Journal from Leuchtturm 1917 to be excellent, along with Archer and Olive A5 dot grid journals.

Pens & Markers
I quickly became a pen nerd and bought too many pens and highlighters. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • UniPin various weights. The .3 is my favorite for writing.
  • Inkjoy .5
  • Zebra Mildliner Highlighters
  • Zebra Mildliner Brush
  • Tombow ABt Dual Brushes

Bullet Journal

Productivity Software

PKM (personal knowledge management) and Projects
Bear – I’ve used it intermittently for many years but recently switched to using it for all my PKM. It’s fast, lightweight, and easy to use. They have an excellent web clipper, and I love that I can password-protect the app. In addition to using it for my PKM, I have been using it as my main notes app.

Tasks and Project Timelines
Apple Reminders – I’ve tried them all but keep returning to Reminders’ simplicity. I have Homepods around my house, so I can ask Siri to add things to various lists or remind me of things without stopping what I’m doing.

Bear

Creative Software

Photo Editing
Lightroom—I’ve tried all the other software but always return to Lightroom. It’s perfect on my Mac or iPad.

Video Editing
Final Cut Pro – A powerful video editor from Apple.

Lightroom

Hardware

iPhone
14 Max Pro.

M2 iPad Pro
I do most of my writing on my iPad with the Magic Keyboard and love editing photos with the Apple Pencil. It’s a fantastic setup; this is all I bring when traveling.

14″ M1 MacBook Pro
I’ve been using Macs since the 1990s—they are robust and work. The new M1 MacBook Pro is fantastic. I love that the SD card reader is back. The screen is beautiful, the keyboard feels excellent while typing, and the laptop is blazing fast!

iPad Pro