My NYC apartment has little room for kitchen gadgets, and I’m clumsy w/ drills & wrenches. 🍳🛠 Instead, I geek out over digital tools, as you might have noticed. For this post I’m spotlighting a few of the new ones I most appreciated this year. - Jeremy
Craft: Create digital handouts
Why use Craft: Create polished handouts, notes or lists.
My fave feature: Adding slick sub-pages represented by gorgeous preview cards to streamline long docs.
Example: Here’s my reading list-in-progress for 2022
Limitations: Not yet available as a native app for Android or Windows
Cost: Free for basic usage. $45/year for the full pro version.
Readwise: Highlight your reading
Why use Readwise: Highlight anything you’re reading
My fave feature: When reading print books, I open the Readwise app to snap a photo of a page with text I want to highlight. Then I just drag my finger on the screen across the part I want to save.
Example: Below is a highlight I saved from The Art of Gathering
Limitations: Doesn’t yet work as well as I’d like for saving highlights beyond text (videos, podcasts, PDFs). Coming in 2022.
Cost: Free for 30 days, $4.50/month for basic features; $8/month to export highlights to Evernote or Notion and for other pro features
Sorted: Schedule your day
Why Use Sorted: Map out your day, blending tasks and events
My fave feature: Sorted automatically suggests a schedule for me that weaves my tasks and deep work time around my scheduled meetings
Example: Here’s a screenshot that illustrates a planned-out day
Limitations: For now, iOS and MacOS only
Cost: Free for basic use. The Pro upgrade is $14.99 on iOS and $24.99 on macOS through a one-time in-app purchase. No subscription fee.
Want to give back to the community while having a low-key side hustle to fund your habit? Join Wynter’s panels. Participate in messaging research & get paid for your feedback. Super low-key commitment. 15 minutes max per survey. Pick times when it’s convenient for you.
Join me today, Thursday, Dec 23 at 2pm ET live on Twitter Spaces for an audio chat about our favorite tools of 2021. Visit @jeremycaplan on Twitter at 2pm ET for the link to join.
Next week I’m taking a break from Wonder Tools. I’ll be spending time with family, reading and trying to avoid tools and screens.
Know someone who might find this👇 newsletter interesting in 2022?