App Recommendations from Mike Schmitz

Spark

The Best iPad Email App

Spark

Spark is a beautifully-designed mail app for iOS that makes email a quick task on your iPad with plenty of service integrations, the ability to send emails to other apps, and more.
Be Focused Pro

The Best Pomodoro App for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

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.
Streaks

The Best Habit Tracking App for iOS

Streaks

Streaks is the best habit tracking app because of its delightful design, a solid set of features, and strong Shortcuts support.
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.
Overcast

Our Favorite Podcast Client for iOS

Overcast

Overcast is a simple podcast app that makes it easy to recommend, discover, and enjoy your favorite shows.
Alfred

The Best Keyboard App Launcher for Mac

Alfred

Alfred is easy to use OS X launcher that has a free entry point, custom workflows, and a great iOS companion app.
Spark

The Best Third-Party Email App for Mac

Spark

Spark is a beautifully-designed mail app for macOS that makes email a quick task with plenty of service integrations, the ability to send emails to other apps, and more.
1Password

The Best Password Manager for Mac & iOS: 1Password

1Password

1Password is the the best password manager out there because it not only handles passwords better than anyone, it handles so much more.


Blog Posts & Articles by Mike Schmitz

Apps We Love: Brain.fm

Brain.fm is a special kind of music service designed for the brain to enhance focus and relaxation within only 10 to 15 minutes of use. »

Automating Habit Tracking with Streaks & Shortcuts

In this Mindfulness Monday post, we look at how to reinforce positive technology habits through automation using Streaks and Shortcuts. There is no shortage of high-quality habit trackers for iOS. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it. There are options for tracking your habits across multiple platforms, options for ramifying your habit tracking, and […] »

GoodNotes 5.3 for iPadOS Adds Multiple Window Support, OCR Scanning, and Dark Mode

GoodNotes (our pick for The Best App for Taking Handwritten Notes) was recently updated to version 5.3. This is a pretty major update, adding support for multiple windows, OCR scanning, and Dark Mode. Here’s a breakdown of what’s new. Multiple Windows There are lots of ways you can open multiple windows in GoodNotes: With GoodNotes […] »

Apps We Love: Forest

Forest is an interesting iPhone app that actually encourages you to use your phone less. »

We Updated Our Guide to the Best Password Manager for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

It's only been a couple of years, but (thankfully) internet security has come a long way since we published our pick for the best password manager. While 1Password is still our favorite because it gives you a great design, powerful security features, and the ability to store just about anything private inside it, there are a lot of other options available for keeping your passwords safe. »

How Shahid Ahmad Stays Focused on His Phone

In this Mindfulness Monday post, we talk to video game developer and podcaster Shahid Kamal Ahmad about the steps he takes to stay out of the Infinity Pools and stay focused on what's important. »

Changing Defaults

It’s 6:34 am. The sound of your smartphone alarm startles you awake. (Actually, it’s the sound of the fifth alarm you’ve set because you’ve gotten so used to snoozing them that it now takes several to finally get you out of bed.) You instinctively reach to grab your phone from the nightstand and perform your […] »

A Guide to Sketchnoting on iPad (using GoodNotes)

Sketchnoting is a powerful and visual way to take notes that helps you retain more of the information you hear. It’s an excellent way to capture ideas during meetings, workshops, conferences, and more. »

Apps We Love: Moodnotes

Moodnotes is a simple iOS app that helps you track and understand your emotional state. »

Keyboard Maestro Releases Version 9, with Dark Mode, JSON, OCR, and More

Keyboard Maestro by Stairways Software is a powerful automation program which allows you to create your own macros that automate certain actions on your Mac. With Keyboard Maestro (and a little bit of practice), you can use your Mac to automate virtually anything. Keyboard Maestro has been an essential Mac app for me for years. […] »

Some of Our Favorite Tech Podcasts

We've been listening to (and making) podcasts for a long time, and there have never been so many incredible options available to podcast listeners as there are currently today — no matter your interests — which means there are a ton of great tech podcasts out there for Apple enthusiasts like us. »

Jour: A Guided Journaling App for the iPhone

Journaling is one of the best habits you can create. It allows you to distance yourself from the emotion and business of the day by reflecting on the events that happened so you can achieve clarity on the situation and see things from the proper perspective. »

Bumpr 1.2 adds Custom Browser Rules, Browser Plugins, and More

Bumpr is a Mac App Store utility that allows you to select a browser in which to open links when clicking them. It’s a handy little app that is great for anyone who occasionally has a need to open links in various browsers, and it recently received an upgrade to version 1.2 that adds several […] »

Macstock is This Weekend

If you’re going to be coming to Macstock this weekend (July 27-28) in Woodstock, IL, be sure to stop by and say hi! Myself and Rosemary Orchard will be speaking from The Sweet Setup team, along with David Sparks, Brett Terpstra, Chuck Joiner, and a lot of other really smart people eager to teach you […] »

Day One 4.0 Brings Video Support, Apple Health Integration, and More

Day One (our favorite journaling app) just received a major update to version 4.0. There’s a couple big features in this release, but the big one is support for videos in your Day One entries. The ability to add video to Day One is a game changer for parents like myself who record small video […] »

Airmail Switches to Subscription-Based Pricing

This week, the popular email app Airmail made the switch from a standard paid app to a subscription-based app, angering many of its users. Before the change, Airmail was priced at $4.99 in the iOS App Store. Now, Airmail Premium (which allows you to use multiple accounts and enable push notifications) is $2.99/month or $9.99/year. […] »

We’ve Updated our Review of Our Favorite iOS Podcast Client

We love the new innovations Overcast has pioneered like the Clip Sharing feature that allows you to create and share your favorite moments from your podcast episodes, and Castro has also made several large advances, making the decision even more difficult. »

Creating a Custom Alfred Theme

While there are a ton of features that factor into us selecting Alfred as our favorite app launcher for the Mac, one of our more whimsical favorites is the ability to change the appearance by creating a custom theme. This is a paid feature that is part of the Alfred Powerpack, a worthwhile upgrade that […] »

A Closer Look at the Updated Reminders App: Who is it For?

This week, Apple unveiled a bunch of new features alongside their major operating system updates at WWDC. The keynote this year was jam-packed, and many major software updates only got a few moments of stage time. With so many things to cover, there were a couple that kind of flew under the radar that we […] »

How to automate Day One entries using IFTTT

Day 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. »