– Hey friends, welcomeback to the channel.
If you’re new here, my name is Ali, I’m a doctor working in Cambridge.
And today we’re gonna be going through 35 of my favorite iPad Pro apps.
And just for your convenience, I’ve split them up into five categories.
And those are create, consume, coordinate, connect and cerebrate.
Last one’s a bit weird, but it had to be five C’s, and we’ve got timestampsin the video description, and in the pinned comments, you can skip around as you feel like it.
But yeah, let’s just get into it.
(soft music) So we’ve got nine appsin the Create category and the Create categorie’s forkind of creation of things.
So for me, that’s mostly writingand photo related things.
And the first app onthis list is the Draft.
Now Draft is fantastic because it’s basically a reallygreat tool for quick capture.
So anytime I have athought, wherever I am, I can open up the Draftapp on any of my platforms, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, or Mac.
And I can just immediatelystart writing it down.
So normally, when you open up Draft, it opens up to a new note.
So you can just kindastart typing straightaway.
And so for example, over here, I was taking some notes on a podcast that I was listening to in the car and I suspect that I dictatedthis one into my Apple watch because obviously, I was driving and I couldn’t type anythingout, or for example, if I’m planning out likea study with me video, then I will use drafts to type out all the things that I’mdoing throughout the day.
And it’s basically a nicer alternative to the default Apple Notes app, which doesn’t havedictation support built in.
Next on the Create list, we have Notion and I’ve made three videosabout Notion already, talking about how I use it asmy favorite productivity app, how I use it as a residence calendar and how I do my annualreviews using Notion.
And I pretty much use notion to organize absolutely everything in my life.
So like, for example, all thevideo ideas that I’ve got.
I also use it to trackmy workouts at the gym.
So since the 23rd of September, I’ve been tracking allmy workouts in Notion and I’ve gone 19 timessince then, it’s not bad.
I think I did reasonably well in December, but then, you know, Ihad like a 10 day break and I only went to the gym earlier today, I’m sorry, it’s bad.
And there’s absolutely loadsof other ways that I use Notion for like studying, for productivityand that sort of stuff.
And I’ve actually gota new series of videos called Workflow, where I take a deep dive into some of the ways that I use some of my favoriteapps, including Notion.
And all the videos in this workflow series are available on Nebula, which is a new streaming platform that’s built by a team of creators that I happen to be a part of.
It’s sort of like a playground, where creators can experiment with different types of content without worrying aboutthe YouTube algorithm.
So I’ve got like, tons of apps on my iPad, iPhone, Mac, and I wanna kind of deep dive into all the niche nerdy specifics of how I use them tomaximize my productivity.
But that sort of kind ofgranular level of detail doesn’t really work well on YouTube.
And so I’ve put those videos in this workflow serieson Nebula and so far, there are four videos on there, and I’m gonna be addingloads more over time.
So if you’re a subscriber to Nebula, you can access them on my Nebula profile.
But very excitingly, we’ve actually teamedup with CuriosityStream who are sponsoring this video.
CuriosityStream, as you probably know, is the ultimate documentarystreaming subscription platform.
And because they supportindependent creators, what they’ve done is that, if you have a CuriosityStreammembership or a free trial, you automatically getfree access to Nebula.
So a CuriosityStream subscriptionis less than $3 a month and so, for $3 a month youget access to this like huge library of A, documentaries on CuriosityStream which are amazing, but alsoall this independent stuff created by creators and Nebula, including some of the niche videos that I wouldn’tnecessarily put on YouTube.
Thirdly, let’s talk aboutthe old Boomer of the app kind of ecosystem and that is Evernote.
Evernote has been around for years.
I’ve been using Evernotesince like 2011 or something.
I often get comments on myNotion videos saying that oh, you know, why haven’t youreplaced Evernote with Notion? And I don’t really see them as, you know, Notion replacing Evernote.
I think Evernote is fantasticbecause it’s still probably the most comprehensivenote taking app out there, and it really excels inthe note taking department.
I’ve got like notebooks foreverything I can think of.
And the way I think of Evernote is that it’s sort of like my long term memory.
So what to use Notion for, is for things like project management and to do lists and for projects that are important but not necessarily urgent.
Whereas Evernote is whereI store a lot of the kind of archives or highlightsfrom books and articles that I’ve read or kindof random bits of writing that I’ve done, because the great thingabout Evernote is that you can just search for whatever you want.
So let’s say I’m writing oneof my weekly email newsletter, productivity, for example, I can just search my notesfor the word productivity.
And now it immediately Iwill get all of the notes that I’ve ever saved since 2011 that have the word productivity in them or I can search for morespecific things or whatever.
But it’s just a fantastickind of bank of stuff like to act as a long term memory that you can search through, and the other apps like Notion don’t quite have those features yet.
So who knows, one day Imight replace Evernote with one of these hotnew note taking apps, but so far, I haven’tmanaged to do that just yet.
And I’m gonna be trying appslike room research and stuff, but I suspect Evernote isgonna be a big part of my kind of second brainfor quite a long time.
Just ’cause I’ve gotso much stuff in there, and it’s really good, and easy to search.
Fourthly, let’s talk about Ulysses.
And Ulysses is a very specific writing app that’s available only for iPad and Mac.
So if you’re an iOS user, then this is fantastic.
It’s probably the mostpleasurable writing experience.
I’ve made a video before about this apple Smart Keyboardthing and how it’s the nicest typing experienceI’ve ever experienced.
Writing in Ulysses is thenicest writing experience I’ve ever experienced.
And so, if I’m writinglike long form things like my weekly email newsletter, then I usually open upUlysses, create a new thing.
I title it using markdown, so I can use hashtag, email, I don’t know nothing, it issued 95 of myweekly email newsletter, it’s called Sunday Snippets, you can sign up with alink in the description if you’d like.
But, you know, I woulduse Ulysses and, you know, I’d be able to kind ofwrite whatever I want, I can insert in likequotes, this is a quote, and it’s just like a really nice pleasurable markdown writing experience.
So this is what I usefor long form writing, which is still under the Create category.
Point number five is an app that I’ve started to use a bit less, but I still use sometimes and that is Bear.
Bear is sort of like a crossbetween Drafts and Ulysses in that, it’s very good as like a general casual note taking app, but it’s also a reallynice writing experience.
So, you know, you canmake a new note in Bear and just like with Ulysses, you can write in markdown, and from there you can dothings like publish to PDF or text documents or Worddocuments or even publish to WordPress and Ghost and things like that.
And the timezone I use Bear mostly are, If I’ve got my Phone or iPad handy, and I wanna take kind ofmedium form notes on something, so let’s say I’m listeningto podcast at the gym, I might just open up Bear onmy iPhone and then be like, you know, Tim Ferrissepisode with Jim Collins.
And then I would kind oftake a few notes on that as I kind of come across stuff, and I would normally kindof reference a timestamp that I’ve heard that bit in the podcast.
So if I wanna come backto it at a later date, I’ll be able to see it.
But yeah, I don’t reallyuse Bear that much anymore.
Like Draft has sort of replacedits functionality for me just because drafts isavailable on the Apple Watch and has like amazing dictation features, so I feel like I might as well use Draft.
App number six is Notability.
And notability is what Iuse for handwritten notes.
All of the other note taking apps that I’ve been talking about, are absolutely terrible like in that they don’t have very goodApple Pencil support.
So if I’m in a lecture, forexample, a medical lecture, and there’s lots of evidence that kind of writing notes by handis better for our retention and an understanding of the subject, then typing them out whilewe’re listening to the lecture, then I will open up Notability and I will kind of do handwritten notes.
So for example, lets see, in your exam, so this was handwrittennotes that I’ve made throughout medical school, including kind of various bits of this was a course that I went on with that was teaching us about neurology and how to do a neurological examination.
So I took kind of photosof the course book, put them into Notability, annotated them, this sort of stuff, you just can’t really do inany other app that I found.
I’ve tried using GoodNotes, I do actually have GoodNotes installed.
But after doing like extensivetesting of both of them, I decided that Notability was better, and I’m gonna be makinga more dedicated review about GoodNotes versus Notability, ’cause everyone seemsto have that question.
But yeah, so far, I much prefer Notability and I just kinda use it forall my handwriting needs.
Seventhly, we’ve got Day One, and Day One is the best journaling app for iPad, iOS and Mac, andit’s just like a journal.
So I have differentjournals within Day One.
I’ve got my actual journalwhich I’m not gonna show you because that’s private for my eyes only.
I have like a journal of nicecomment where I screenshot and you know, copy and paste nicecomments that people have got.
So this was a comment thatI got in one of the videos.
I’m showing you because it wasa public comment on a video, it wasn’t a private email, and I just like collectingthese kind of nice comments.
And how many have I got? 421 of them.
So if I’m feeling sad, I just kind of have a flickthrough my nice comments and then just kinda read some of them.
And I think it’s just quitenice when you make videos and you just kind of interacting with strangersacross the internet mostly.
It’s nice having like a placeto put kind of nice things.
I don’t know, I just thinkit’s a nice thing to have, I’ve also got a memorabiliajournal where I usually, you know, take photos of likebirthday cards or letters or, you know, things like that, that I kinda want to throw away because I don’t like keeping paper around.
But, you know, I take thephotos, put them in memorabilia.
This was actuallysomething that I picked up while watching likeminimalism related videos because we all say that, oh, this thing is a memory, therefore, I don’t wanna get rid of it.
But you can just take a photoof it and then get rid of it.
So I started kinda doing that.
And I’ve got loads of stuffin an AI photos photo album with memorabilia, I just need to transferit all into Day One just so it’s all in one place.
Next we have Lightroom, andLightroom is the app that I use for all my photo editing needs when I’m posting photos to the Gram.
So for example, while Iwas at work the other day with my iPad up, this was the photo that Itook to put on the Gram, but this is the edited version, and this is the non edited version.
So I just applied like a preset to it, I did some Hue Saturation Adjustment there sort of stuff in Lightroom.
And it’s quite nice like that.
So just kind of transforms standard photos into slightly nicer photos.
So this is before editing, and this is after editing, it just kind of makes itpop a little bit more.
Let’s do another example.
This was some like a randomselfie that I took in bed, that looked like this, normally, but my iPhone, then I applied a fewedits in Lightroom to it, and it looks like this, looks a little bit nicer.
So I like editing photos in Lightroom before putting them on the Gram.
And finally, we have areally good app called Spark Post in this category.
And this is the app that I useto make all of my thumbnails.
So the great thing about this is that you can just add a photo, and then you can justlike move stuff around.
So if I wanted to changethings with this thumbnail, I could sort of do it like this, I could move this around, I can, that can go sort of in the middle.
I might think the backgroundis not dark enough, so I can adjust thedarkness of the background sort of like this.
And this is, yeah, just like a nice uniform way of making these thumbnails.
So those were the appsin the Create category.
Let’s now talk about sevenapps in the Consume category.
(soft music) So in the Consume category, we’ve got seven apps.
And that’s for things like watching, listening to and reading stuff.
So the first app in thiscategory is Instapaper.
And Instapaper is whatI use to store articles that I wanna read later.
So, you know, Instapaper, has like, Share extensions of everything on iOS.
So if I get a link, and I don’t have time toit read it there and then, I just share it to Instapaper.
It’s also got an email address, you can email stuff too.
There’s loads of ways ofgetting stuff into Instapaper.
And it’s basically a library of articles that I’m going to read, so that when I have a sparemoment of time in the toilet, or on a train or a bus or whatever, I usually like, the first app that I go to is usually Instapaper.
And then I find anarticle that I wanna read, and then I can read it.
And I don’t see any ads.
I don’t see any kind of likepointless website stuff, I just see the articlein this nice typography.
And the great thing about Instapaper is that you can highlight stuff.
So this is an article about anti fragile planning thatI read a few days ago, and I’ve highlighted various bits of it.
So to highlight stuff, youjust literally press on it, drag and highlight.
And the really cool thing isthat when I highlight stuff, it automatically gets synced to Evernote via a service called Readwise, and actually, one of theepisodes of workflow, that series that I’ve gotten Nebula, talks about exactly howthis whole thing works behind the scenes andthe benefits that I found with exporting all my Instapaperhighlights to Evernote and the various ways in which I use them.
So just a reminder, if you wanna hear more about this process, and why I find it useful, you can check that video on Nebula.
Alternatively, if you’ve gota CuriosityStream membership, which you should, becauseit’s amazing and really cheap, and just gives you loads of documentaries.
If you have a CuriosityStream membership, you get free access to Nebula as well.
So you can just find my niche videos about this workflow stuff.
Well, I’ll explain all thisstuff in much more detail.
But yeah, Instapaper iswhat I use to read stuff.
Next, we have the Kindle app.
The Kindle app is amazing because I don’t actually read muchon the Kindle app on my iPad.
But for example, if I’mreading a nonfiction book and wanna take notes on it, I would usually open it up in Kindle and then I’ll have a split screen with Draft, Ulysses or Bear.
And so what I can do is thatwhile reading and Kindle, I can kind of take notes on the side.
The other great thing aboutthe Kindle app is again, it’s got a highlight feature and I’ve been highlightingstuff on Kindle since like 2010 or 2008 when I first got a Kindle and another great thingabout Kindle is that all my Kindle highlightsare again synced to Evernote using Readwise and again, to plug Nebula I’ve got another videoabout how the Kindle, Readwise, Evernote integration works, with some examples of how I’ve used this export feature of Kindle highlights and why I found it immensely valuable to save all of my Kindlehighlights to Evernote.
So again, you should sign up to Nebula, via CuriosityStream, signup to curiosityStream, you’ll get free access to Nebula, link is in the video description.
Then you can see these videos if you’re interested inseeing me talk about the stuff in like really anal detail.
Next in terms of consumingstuff, we’ve got Spotify.
Spotify is my streaming app of choice.
I have tried Apple Music.
I still subscribe to Apple Music because I’ve forgotten tocancel my subscription, I think.
But, you know, I really tried hard.
I tried for about six months to switch, you know, to exclusively to Apple Music, and I just couldn’t do it.
And I went back to Spotifyand it’s just so nice.
And I absolutely love Spotify.
It’s so glorious.
And I have different playlists for every year of med school and beyond.
My most famous playlist isthe “study with me” playlist which currently has 23, 700 followers.
And this is full of like 1000instrumental tracks from like, various sources, classicalmusic, film music, TV shows, you know, Planet Earth, Hans Zimmer, all this stuff, loads of stuff from Game of Thrones.
So when I’m studying then I put this on and none of these songshave any words in them so they don’t interferewith the word processing which can sometimes, some ofthe evidence says is not good when you’re trying to learn stuff, but they also make studying much more fun because I’ve got this like, you know, Pirates of the Caribbeanbanging in the background while I’m trying to learnabout respiratory physiology.
So yeah, Spotify for consuming music.
Then we have an RSS Feed Reader app, and that is called Unread.
Now RSS Feeds are amazing and also, I’m gonna do a workflowvideo about this on Nebula just because there’s a lot to dig into about how to set up an RSS Feed, and like how to set up with Feedly and how to get into an app and various use cases for RSS feeds.
But essentially, RSSFeeds are how I keep up with all the blogs that I follow.
And I sometimes get comments from people who read my weekly emailnewsletter, Sunday Snippets, link in the video descriptionif you want to sign up.
I get emails from peoplesaying that, oh, you know you’ve shared these threereally good articles this week, how did you come across this stuff? Like how do you keep up with the stuff? And I don’t usually havetime to reply to all of these but now, I’m saying it now, it’s all based on RSS feeds.
So you kind of subscribeto different blogs and then you get to seethem all in one place.
So I’ve got 156 unread articles.
And so let’s say I wanna read this article in the Journal of medical ethics.
But let’s say I don’t quite have time, but I can save it intoInstapaper and so then whenever I want I canthen read it on Instapaper and it just immediately lets me see what all of the blogs thatI follow have published, but yeah, more on that inthe workflow series on Nebula which is gonna beappearing later this month.
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Some of the ones that I personally enjoy are about nutrition, I’mtrying to get better at cooking and a healthy eating and stuff so there’s a really goodseries of about nutrition that I’ve been watching recently.
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App number six is YouTube.
I’m not really gonna talk about that, because YouTube’s not very exciting, but, you know, we allknow what YouTube does.
And finally, the app that I use to read PDF normally is PDF Expert, which I actually started using recently.
Previously, I used to onlyread PDFs on Notability, because I’d be able to annotatethem using the Apple Pencil.
But PDF Expert is genuinely quite nice for kind of reading PDFs.
And the nice thing about thiswhich like Notability can’t do is that, it automatically worksout like the structure of, of the PDF, so you cankind of skip around.
So for example, in this Oxford Handbook of emergency medicine, there’slike different bits of this.
And I can actually skip around to the different sectionsusing the sidebar, whereas if I were readingthis PDF on Notability I would have to have to like, scroll absolutely tonsor use the search feature or weird things like that.
But yeah, if I’m reading astructured PDF like an E book, then I’ll use PDF Expert for that.
So, those were the sevenapps in the Consume category, Let’s now move on tothe Coordinate category.
(soft music) And in the coordinate series, it’s sort of like productivity, general utilities, but it had to start with a C, which is why it’s called Coordinate.
So, you know, email client, the one that I use is Superhuman.
And Superhuman is a bit weird, because it costs $30 amonth to check your email.
But it’s speded up my emailworkflow by about two x.
So, given that I spend somuch time doing emails, I’m more than happy to pay $30 a month to cut that time downby a significant chunk.
And so with these emails, for example, I can immediately justlike get rid of them.
Thomas Frank, oh, he’sgot a new habits course.
And it just kind of makes it a bit more of a pleasure to get through email.
And so, it just kinda makes sense.
App number two is Fantastical.
Fantastical is my calendar app of choice.
And the nice thing aboutFantastical is that it’s got really goodnatural language processing and that’s the main reason why I use it.
So if I wanted to createa new event, I can say, (soft music) Jam session with Suhailand Katherine, 18th Jan, 10:00 AM at Suhail’s house, and, what it’s gonna do, is it’s gonna recognizeall the metadata in that.
And it’s created this event, jam session with Suhail and Katherine, the location is Suhail’shouse, and it’s at 10:00 AM.
So like, it just makes it so easy to put events into my calendar, which means that I actuallynow use a calendar.
Next in the Coordinatecategory we have Todoist, and Todoist is what I usedto manage my to do list.