4. The Right Software
Whatever your business, there’s a lot of free software out there that will help you do your job better. But there’s also stuff you have to pay for if you want to achieve maximum efficiency.
Here’s what I’ve found particularly useful:
A Writing Tool
Google makes great software available for free, and these days it’s better than ever before. I use Google Docs a lot because:
It works on all my devices.
It auto saves.
I can easily collaborate on documents with others.
It’s got dictation, which it calls voice typing (more on that later)
If I have to be on the move, the whole Google suite allows me to work on my documents or spreadsheets and then sync them back to my main work folder when I get back home. As I type this, I’m hot desking in New Jersey and Google Docs is saving my life.
Docs has other great attributes like inline research and linking that can be real time savers. And with recent improvements, it’s now almost as good as Microsoft Word (a tool that’s still worth paying for.)
Managing Writing with Scrivener
I’ve managed my writing in many ways over the years, but a couple of years ago, I converted to using Scrivener. It’s software originally for novel writers, but it’s useful if you do any project that requires research.
As a writer, I can use Scrivener for everything. And even though I use other software to do some of my writing, Scrivener is where I keep it all together.
That includes a research folder where I keep links to the latest studies and infographics on the topics I write about and color coding for the different project stages. With a little setup, it automatically backs up my work to the cloud, making it easy for me to retrieve the latest backup file and carry on where I left off on a different device. At $40, it’s money well spent.