Tools and Resources I Use
What do your modern professional learner and designer’s toolkit, resources, activities and communities look like? From time to time, I find it worthwhile to update and turn it into resources to use and iterate while experimenting and doing projects. To me, resources can vary from:
- Actionable insights and contents
- Communities – online and offline
- Interesting networks/people
- Tools – digital and analogue
Of course, they complement the context and what needs to be done. Below, here are the latest tools and resources I use.
A reliable tool to clarify and share my learning and work in the flow of life. Deep thoughts. Achievements. Work in progress. Research. Owning my data. I have also added lately my archive page of all the posts I published, produced and curated. I also use a Creative Commons license on my website and blog to share my craft.
It is a responsive and easy tool to be productive and keep track of my learning flows/workflows. Also, to stay focused and manage projects. It is also my go-to tool to write and research on Clickup documents that can be searchable, archivable, downloadable, shareable and retrievable easily.
Trello is another tasks and project management tool I use again as a client, and its ecosystem is using it to design and collaborate remotely on offline workshops and course design.
I manage my bookshelf through reads, laters, and readings, and I use highlights for upcoming book annotated readings I share in blog posts. I manage my library per topic. I also use Goodreads to share my bookshelf. I hear audiobooks through Audible, read paperbacks as I still love analogue, and read ebooks and reports via Google Books.
Learning and engaging one conversation at a time, asynced, over tweets, content people shared, and events they host or participate in. Follow-up. Caring about the conversation and energy with people and getting to know weak ties and strong ties.
I am retrieving bookmarks and using search to use tweets to turn into tasks or curated blog posts. I find that people share and discuss Twitter better than on Linkedin, where content posting is king. On the other hand, I rarely have interesting encounters and private conversations on Linkedin.
Google Docs, Sheet, Slides, Jamboard, Sites, Keep, and Data Studio to produce, search, manage, review and refine content productions. To get feedback from trusted people in my network and visualise and analyse data for better decision-making. Creating customised personal brand assets with Google Slides tailored templates.
I also use the Office Suite with Words, Excel and Powerpoint sometimes.
I am creating bingos, posters, covers, infographics, social posts, collages, presentations, and visual synthesis.
Producing flowcharts and mindmaps that I can share with my network and embed in some blog posts.
Chrome extension to manage and access quickly to daily bookmarks I use. Pocket is also my go-to read laters app, whether it is for articles or videos I have bookmarked. The extraction of quotes and highlights then go to Slack per channel/topic so that I can retrieve them later with references and hyperlinks in a future conversation or blog posts I’ll write.
I use paper books, printed newspapers, posters, radio, exhibitions, paintings, pen and Moleskine, biking and walking to nurture my creativity, reflection and serendipity.
I use Slack to capture insights and thoughts on what I seek for my personal knowledge mastery quest. It is also an online community platform that is useful for networking, environmental scanning and learning with an online community I belong to.
Mighty Networks and WhatsApp are the two other apps I use to network and learn as I am part of two different global online communities on futures thinking and exploratory leadership.
Microsoft Teams is also easy to search and retrieve anything. I have not figured out yet how to export the content curated and created. I find it handy to manage documents I made or uploaded through One Drive and the Office Apps. Last year, Microsoft Teams was the tool I learned more about over a conversation with Helen Blunden for personal productivity, collaboration in projects, and even developing online communities. I sometimes have exploration calls or catch-up calls with people in my network and clients.
Reliable to use for community calls, meetings, and live events such as meetups, conferences or webinars. I am using the recording for replay and checking out the saved text chat to dig links, thoughts, questions and answers, and notes the host and participants shared after the conversation.
In addition, I use OBS studio as a virtual camera to manage my digital live presence and create transmedia content with pressie, audio, and video for talks I give, the presentations I’ve done, and web meetings I join or host.
Google Meet is also a third video conference tool I find handy.
I read blogs, newsletters and news from my favourite and diverse sources and people. New themes emerged in 2021: personal mastery, Asia, writing, self-publishing, and other themes that I have paid attention to for a while: leadership, workplace learning, management, and futures thinking. When I read, hear or view content, I often extract the insights or resources to archive in a Slack channel to retrieve when timely in a project, conversation or blog post.
I am staying fit and healthy with Darebee. Hiking. Walking. Biking. Swimming.
Courses, Workshops & Communities
To go deep in disciplines through online courses and workshops such as the Personal Knowledge Mastery guided by Harold Jarche. Another significant way in my life to go deep and at large is through global communities.
I am listening to podcasts on the go to share actionable insights from deep conversations. I hear downloads of episodes when I am offline and on the go.
Building my playlists to dive deep into topics from subject matter experts. Catching with replays from webinars, talks, meetups, and live Q&As, I could not attend in communities I engage. Digging craft from creatives from around the world in arts. Learning from how-tos.
Translating any content using machine learning and my human skills. Especially in English-French. Sometimes, people in my network share in German, Spanish, Danish, and Chinese. So I use the tool to translate in French or English documents or extracts from blog posts.
Rotana Ty Top Tools for Learning & Working
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Personal Knowledge Mastery’s Practices
“I suggest that all professionals look at their seeking knowledge, sense-making, and sharing practices and see what they can improve. This is the focus of the PKM in 40 Days online workshop.” — Harold Jarche
Here is what came up after I examined mine.
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