I’ve included a list of tools and services I use all the time to be more productive. Some of them require a time investment to learn and get right, but they’re pure gold once you master them.


This is the password manager I’ve been using for over 5 years. I must confess I pirated it, back in 2011

1Password is the easiest way to store and use strong passwords. Log in to sites and fill forms securely with a single click.


If you ever lost work, or photos you could never recover you probably realized you need a backup solution. I chose Backblaze back in 2018 when I lost 4 days worth of work.

Get peace of mind knowing your files are backed up securely in the cloud. Backup your Mac or PC for just $6/month.

Sublime Text

This is the editor I always default to. It’s fast, gets the job done and it looks good. I’ve found other editors to be resource hogs — besides NeoVim.

A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose


I like numbers, especially when it comes to my personal productivity. I always refer to the RescueTime to see how I spend my time online.

See exactly where your time goes, block your worst distractions, and get powerful reports and tools to improve every aspect of your day.


This is where I host the No Progress podcast. It is well designed, does the job right and stays out of the way — like most tools should.

Record your audio and upload it to Transistor. We’ll help you distribute your podcast to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.


This is a personal productivity / tasks management tool. I’m on-and-off with it, but I can’t ignore the careful design and craft that went into it. Thus, I highly recommend it.

Things is the award-winning personal task manager that helps you achieve your goals.

GitHub Desktop

When I don’t use the command line for Git, I always default to a GUI. I use GitHub desktop for simple tasks that don’t require too much control.

Focus on what matters instead of fighting with Git. Whether you’re new to Git or a seasoned user, GitHub Desktop simplifies your development workflow.

Sublime Merge

I am currently trying Sublime Merge out to see whether it can replace GitHub desktop. I believe it’s worth mentioning precisely because it is made by the same people who make Sublime Text.

Git Client, done Sublime. Line-by-line Staging. Commit Editing. Unmatched Performance.


This is one of the most essentialist tools I’ve used. It includes everything you might want from a project management tool, and more. Team chats, private messages, documentation, pitches, document management, task management — everything is right there.

The All-In-One Toolkit for Working Remotely.


It’s weird to pay for email. But the good people at Basecamp made a product that speaks to a specific group of people. I’m part of that group. It feels good to pay for a product and not being the product.

Email sucked for years. Not anymore — we fixed it. HEY’s fresh approach transforms email into something you want to use, not something you’re forced to deal with.

Zoho Mail

I use it to host the email addresses of www.weremote.eu. It was a conscious choice, because of the advantageous pricing.

Host your business email on a secure, encrypted, privacy-guaranteed, and ad-free email service.


My cloud provider of choice. Whenever I need to spin up a couple of boxes and a database, I always choose them.

Simple solutions for complex issues Running a business is hard. Your cloud doesn’t have to be.Get everything your development teams need to succeed.


Besides the Wordpress REST API, Contentful was the first and only headless CMS I mastered and used thorughout the years to manage the content of my static websites.

Compose + Launch give content teams powerful tools to work faster and collaborate more effectively to deliver projects in Contentful


Image and video hosting, processing, all done auto-magically.

Cloudinary Platform Powering Your Media · Image and Video API for Powerful Visual Experiences · Automatically optimize and deliver images and videos


I write most (if not all) of my content in Markdown — even the content of this website is a mix of HTML and Markdown. If you want to make one investment learning something in this direction, Markdown is your best choice!

Wikipedia has no fancy marketing message for Markdown 😅


I have this installed on my iPhone, my iPad and now on my Mac. I use it heavily for visual thinking, especially if I need share-able content that I must also alter at a later date.

Combine handwriting, photos and typing in a single note to bring your projects to life. Use a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools to capture every detail.

Dotted Moleskine Classic Expanded

This is part of the set of core tools. I could not think and ideate as much as I do without pen and paper.

Moleskine classic notebooks are perfect notebooks for writing journals, a daily diary, or note taking in college classes or meetings.

Lamy Al Star Black

Lamy makes amazing writing tools, and the Al Star is just one of many writing tools I have from them.

Those who use the LAMY AL-star appreciate the extraordinary lightness of its robust yet durable material. Its transparent grip also supplies a revealing look at the inner workings of the ink feed.

BiC Cristal

The writing tool preferred by many great writers, unpretentious, consistent, and cheap enough to buy two. The Cristal can be compared with an americano — nothing fancy about it but it wakes you up.

Masterpieces have been schetched-out using this cheap and sturdy tool.

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