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šŸ“± Apps

20 years ago, nobody knew what an app was. Today, they're key building blocks in our lives.

We're all different, with different needs and personalities, as mentioned in my Perfect Note-Taking App video. Whether we're architects, gardeners or librarians, nothing really stops us from using all the apps for different purposes. Sticking to an app isn't a lifelong commitment nor does one single app need to fulfil ALL our needs.

Below is a guide to my favourite apps but this lists is by no means exhaustive and the apps that I use can change depending on what my needs are at the time.

šŸ My Favourite Apps


Notion is the app I use most to manage my life, studies, business and YouTube channel. Rather than going on about it, here is a list of videos on how I use this wonderfully versatile app. If there's one app that carries the most functionality for me, it would be this one.

  1. My Favourite Productivity App for Students - Notion
  2. How I use Notion as a Resonance Calendar
  3. My 2019 Annual Review using Notion
  4. My Favourite Note-Taking App for Students - Notion (2020)
  5. My Creative Workflow with Notion

I have a whole Workflow series detailing how I use Notion over on Nebula. You can get free access to Nebula by signing up for a CuriosityStream subscription and using the code ALI at checkout.


If I could only ever have one subscription in my life, it would be Audible. It's life-changing, like the AirPods and Kindle. Good job Amazon for taking 2/3 of my life-changing recommendations.

I discovered Audible in 2017. As of 2020, I've listened to over 25 days of Audiobooks. I mostly listen to fantasy books when driving and at the gym, although I occasionally dabble in non-fiction too (although the difficulty of taking notes while listening to audiobooks is a constant source of irritation in my otherwise tranquil existence).

I often mention audiobooks that I've enjoyed in my weekly newsletter, šŸ’Œ Sunday Snippets. You might like to check it out.


I use this to store all manners of receipts, company documents and other items that would otherwise be stored in a filing cabinet. The search functionality is the best part about this app - it's able to search using character recognition. Very handy.


Referring back to the architect-gardener-librarian analogy, this app best reflects the gardener archetype. There's a lot to say about Roam but I use it reglarly and the bi-directional linking is an amazing function that best fits with the natural way our brains work.

Same as with Notion, there's an entire series going over every way I use Roam on a daily basis over on Nebula but here's a sample going over the basics.


My favourite app for taking handwritten notes. I also have a video detailing how I did this in medical school over here.

Task Management

To-do apps are a very personal thing and the market is absolutely flooded with them. I've personally used Things 3 and ToDoist the most. The main reason I prefer ToDoist is that I can share it with my team, something which Things 3 lacks. However, if you're flying solo, Things 3 might be a good choice (beware, it's only available on Apple devices).

I try as often as I can to use an inbox for my brain so as not to forget or lose potentially valuable ideas. Either of these apps works for that. The concept stems from David Allen's Getting Things Done which is a sort of bible for productivity nerds.

More Apps

I could go on about apps all day long but here are a few videos on my favourite apps for studying and productivity:

  1. All the Apps I Use in a Day
  2. My Favourite iPad Pro Apps (2020)
  3. What's on my iPhone 11 Pro Max (2020)
  4. My Favourite Mac Apps in 2020 | What's on my MacBook Pro?
  5. The Best Productivity Apps for Students
  6. Learn Anything With Flashcards - The Ultimate Guide To Anki

Or if you prefer reading:

  1. Useful Apps To Improve Productivity and Study Effectively
  2. Saving Time with Alfred

And My Gear

I rate the Pro Max iPhones, and I love my iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is definitely an investment, but for me - worth it. If, like me you also have an iPad you love, I can't recommend Paperlike enough.

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