Why You Should Turn Off Your Phone Notifications


In keeping with my minimalist principles, I’m a big proponent of keeping phone notifications to a minimum. I currently only allow notifications from Messages, Mail, and Things for iPhone. I recently turned on Facebook Messenger notifications because I started using that app a lot more, but if that starts getting annoying I’ll probably turn them off. Whenever I install a new app and it asks me to turn on Notifications,… Continue Reading

How I Saved Over $300 On Books Completely Legally


  I surpassed my yearly goal of reading 30 books and it’s only June. I definitely sandbagged that challenge. I started realizing how expensive this hobby would be if it hadn’t been for my “secret” to saving hundreds of dollars on ebooks: the public library. Most people know that they can borrow eBooks from their local library, but they don’t actually do it because they think it’s inconvenient. In this… Continue Reading

The Hunt for the Best Free iOS Calendar App


Image from Tempo So the other day something horrible happened. My work calendar stopped being pulled in by my iPhone calendar app, Tempo. So I deleted it, thinking I could just reinstall. When I went into the App Store to re-download Tempo, it was nowhere to be found. I Googled a bit and found out that the app got bought by Salesforce last summer. Tempo was the best free iOS… Continue Reading

Best Calendar for Your Desktop


Today, I’m revealing another one of my must-have tech tools. Blotter is the nicest-looking and possibly only full-sized calendar app that stays on your desktop. It costs $9.99 and is only available for the Mac. Blotter works simply by pulling in your iCal Calendar (I think Apple is now just calling this “Calendar”) and displaying it in front of your desktop wallpaper. Image from alternativeTo Blotter runs in the background… Continue Reading

Google Chrome Custom Search Engines: Use them!


One productivity trick that saves me a ton of time is using Google Chrome Custom Search Engines. It may sound complicated and time-consuming to set up, but it literally takes a minute, and it will save you so much time in the long run. These custom search engines allow you to search almost any site straight from your browser URL bar, so you don’t need to open up the website… Continue Reading