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1. iCal or Google Calendar

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After the death of Sunrise, people have been looking for a replacement calendar that matches its power. Sadly there’s nothing cross-platform that really cries sophistication like Sunrise did. The closest experience I’ve had so far has been Google Calendar and iCal and I believe this was the case for Enrico. Whilst trying many many calendars in the last few weeks, from Fantastical 2 to 3rd Party Apps that claim high download numbers. I’d recommend Google Calendar to get you started, here you be open and ready for moves to other tools that will come out of the Sunrise shadow. Feel free to email me with any other suggestions: cesidalessio@gmail.com

For 2016, Google Calendar or iCal will be the perfect solution for any plotting of activities to get you started. Follow this link to get you started.

2. Trello

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Trello is sometime I’ve been using about 3-4 hours across my day to plan, log and monitor progress of activities. I create my own calendar process which I’ve mentioned in previous episodes and something I want to build on. Essentially it’s your opportunity to see all your activities holistically. Trello is perfect for anyone looking for manage projects or daily activities, its designed to be flexible with how you want to view your lists and boards something which is attractive with Evernote too.

In 2016, I highly recommend kicking off by plotting your 2016 resolutions or targets on a list - use the lists to categorise - eg. "Fitness", "Brand" and more. Trello has really helped me with work and play to move things forward. It's free to use, Gold membership is about the price of an Evernote subscription (£34) and does offer some nifty features.

3. Matcha

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Matcha 3 App is something I discovered a few weeks ago when Enrico started his role as Community manager. Matcha is something that bring together the power of your popular channels and tools such as Evernote, Dropbox and Notes together to allow you to write, update and continue actively creating notes as you go across your day. I was impressed by this experience after exploring the iOS App that got me really interested in using this App as an Evernote client. Get started by populating it with your Evernote and Dropbox content then start testing all of the features of the note creation, its super easy and fun!

I’d highly recommend trying out it on iOS.

Enrico mentioned matchaapp.com/beta as an opportunity for you to get on the App as a tester.

4. Grammarly

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This new tool I discovered a few weeks ago, Grammarly has been an impressive tool for composing anything on your PC. Essentially, Grammarly allows you to go about your day writing and in the background analyse all of your words, phrases, sentences and grammar. It brings up suggestions for changes within whatever you are writing going into huge detail on every letter within each segment of writing, I find it valuable at making edits and also sounding a lot better in emails. Here’s a screenshot from my Year’s Review. You get “Weekly Reviews” like this, every week!

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Grammarly is free to use, and you can get started here — I haven’t tried their premium yet, but I’ve heard its impressive!

5. Paper by 53

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This is an impressive App for anyone on an iPad or iPhone that wants to express themselves creatively and visually to others. Create notes, notebooks, pictures and much more by simply accessing Paper by 53 on mobile and get started by creating your spaces and resources. I find it super valubale to go in and create an annotation or a visual to demonstrate something I’m explaining. Sharing within the App is simple and I highly recommend for anyone needing a simple visual tool, creative arts tool and a quirky portable notebook for innovators.

It’s free on iOS and is a super solid App to get creative in 2016.

6. Google Photos

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Google Photos has to be my App of 2015. It’s been such an amazing tool to capturing all of my memories in one place. I take photos on my Android, iPhone and store images on my Chromebook and all are stored on Google Photos easily and simply. Essentially it’s a tool to back up and view all the photos you have as well as search all images at ease. It’s the perfect tool for looking back at memories, getting insights and also collecting everything in one place.

It’s free for images below 16MP. You get unlimited back-up storage! If you’re a photography with heavy images you’ll have to check out their model for 16MP+ imagery.

Bonus tool - this is an exclusive selection for this article to help you in your 2016 resolutions.

7. Overcast/Pocket Casts

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These are fantastic suggestions for listening to podcasts in style. Overcast for iOS makes everything look beautiful as well as super functional. Pocket Casts makes a hub for your Android podcasts. Both these tools I recommend highly!

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Overcast — free to download, in-app purchases

Pocket Casts— $5.99 on iOS and $3.99 on Android.

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