App Recommendations from Mike Schmitz

Be Focused Pro

The best pomodoro app for Mac and iOS

Be Focused Pro

Be Focused Pro is the perfect blend of powerful timeboxing tools and a clean, beautiful user interface to help support you when getting your work done.
Banktivity

The best app for managing personal finances and budgets

Banktivity

Banktivity is our favorite budgeting app because it's easy to use, offers plenty of features and, most importantly, makes managing your finances easy and relatively hassle-free.
PDFpen

The best PDF app for Mac

PDFpen

PDFpen is the best PDF app for Mac because it's easy to use, powerful enough for most users, and also does OCR.
Ulysses

The Best Pro Writing App for Mac (and iOS)

Ulysses

Ulysses is the best pro writing app because it's easy to use, not distracting, and extremely powerful.
MindNode

The best mind mapping app

MindNode

MindNode is our favorite mind mapping app because it features an easy, beautiful design, solid syncing, and plenty of import and export options for your workflow.
Airmail

Our favorite third-party email app for macOS

Airmail

Airmail is a beautifully-designed mail app for OS X that makes email a quick task with Markdown support, the ability to send emails to other apps, and more.


Blog Posts & Articles by Mike Schmitz

How to automate Day One entries using IFTTT

ay One makes logging important conversations, milestones, and special moments incredibly easy by allowing you to automatically create journal entries by connecting various services via IFTTT. »

Creating custom Perspectives in OmniFocus

One of the most powerful features a task manager like OmniFocus offers is the ability to filter your tasks and projects to show you only what you want to see at any given moment. »

Working with email URLs on macOS

Mail and Airmail both offer methods of copying individual message URLs so you can easily create references in action items, notes, and more. »