Inspired by others, this is just a broad overview of my setup and productivity tools. The list isn’t exhaustive and only contains tools that are directly related to my work or daily productivity stack. I aim to keep this list updated and any major changes would be crossed out with reasoning.
I develop primarily in Kotlin and VueJs, but also dabble in Rust and Swift. You can see some photos of my current setup here.
MacBook Pro 16” (for work) 🤑
- 2.4GHz 8 core
- 32GB DDR4 RAM
- AMD Radeon Pro with 4GB DDR6 memory
- 2 TB SSD
MacBook Pro 13” (for personal use) 😔
- 2.3 GHz 2 core
- 16 GB DDR3 RAM
- 512 GB SSD
Dell U2720Q: This monitor is the perfect size for me. Having tried both a larger (32”) and an UltraWide monitors in the past, I find 27” to be the sweetspot when it comes to screen real estate and neck movement rquired when working.
Apple Trackpad 2
Logitech MX Master 2
Keychron K2 Mechanical Keyboard (hot tip: this keyboard is high and can be clicky even with brown switches, so investing in a palm rest and some O-rings will go a long way)
Logitech C922 Pro Webcam
iPhone 11 Pro
I have only listed main highlights here. For a more comprehensive listing - my dotfiles can be found here. Feel free to copy anything you find interesting, as I have done from so many other amazing people out there.
- IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate as my beast of choice for both back and front end work.
- iTerm2 with oh my zsh and Powerline10k theme.
- Sublime Text for general text editing needs
- Postico for developing in my primary database, postgres
- AWS Lightsail for deploying my hobby servers and Netlify for static site hosting
- Safari as my daily driver for general web usage and personal dev. I keep Chrome around for dev tooling.
- Jetbrains Mono as my programming font and coupled with Dracula theme everywhere to keep the ecperience consistent
- Postman for API testing
- Monodraw for some nice looking ASCII diagrams
- ImageOptim for when I need to optimize images for web and bandwidth constrained mediums
- 1Password for managing my logins and passwords. I have a family plan that my partner, and I use religiously
- Spark for email
Bear as my note and wiki app. I love how it gets out of my way and lets me focus on just writing. I have tried various other alternatives like Notion, Apple Notes, OneNote etc but keep coming back to Bear and will probably stick with it for a long time now.After the recent Notion update, and them offering free plans with minimal limits, I’m slowly moving my notes and wiki over and so far loving the improvements they have done in the experience since I last tried it.
- Alfred 4 probably the most used app in my toolkit, saves me so much time
- Things 3 as my main GTD app. Also hands down the best app I own across all my devices
- Reeder4 for consuming my news sources. My normal integrations include feedly, and my safari readit it later queue
- StepTwo Authenticator as my TOTP store. I really like the nice interface and native iCloud sync
- Apple Music for music streaming. I migrated away from Spotify after 6 years of using them since I find the apple music interface better. However, they’re both great choices in my opinion.
- RescueTime for tracking my time sinks and getting nice summaries of my daily online activity
- Magnet for managing workspace and multitasking between windows
- Dato as my new replacement for ItsyCal
- Spark Mail and Calendar5 for mail and scheduling
- Darkroom for photo editing
- Apollo for Reddit
- Apple health for daily workout tracking and other nifty metrics
- Long time user of Pocket Casts for podcasts
- Slack and Discord for work and personal group chats
- uBlock Origin
- Vue DevTools
- React DevTools
- Reddit Enhancement Suite
- CSS Peeper
- Wipr (only for Safari)
- Ikea Idasen Standing Desk
- Yubikey 5ci
- iPad Air
- Apple Pencil
- Airpods Pro and Bose QC35 II to allow me to focus and work from home confortably. I generally use Airpods Pro as a daily workhorse and only use the Bose when travelling or while the Airpods are charging.
- Apple Watch
- Keychron Palm Rest
- Satechi Desk Mat
- Bestand Laptop Stand
- Bellroy Studio Backpack