Ahead of the latest CBT Psychotherapist Briefings webinar (details below), I thought I’d share a few of my own favourite apps and tools. I’ve picked the ones I use pretty much every day and love using.
CBT Psychotherapist Briefings | Techie Online Swap Shop: Tips, Apps, & Software webinar on the 3rd August 14.00
Some you’ll probably have heard of but may not have used them in which case I hope I can persuade you to dive in and check them out and some may be entirely new and worth a look.
I’ve gone for apps and tools that are free, but many have paid plans that provide a bit more functionality. Here we go in no particular order:
1. Asana – Project and task management
Asana is primarily a project/list organisation tool that helps you organise and track tasks. You can create and manage ‘projects’. A project can be anything you want it to be – for me I use it to manage marketing activities and customer projects. Each project can have many tasks and sub-tasks associated with them, and you can add comments to each task and upload attachments to them. You can also add delivery dates to each task. A basic level project management tool.
You can also invite other people to join a project and contribute. You can assign tasks to them as well. You can get up to 15 team members on the Free plan.
It’s a lovely app to use and great for collaboration with colleagues on projects.
You could use it to manage the onboarding and offboarding sequence for clients. So a project per client. You could quickly create a template client project with all the general tasks you’d typically go through with a client and copy this project for each new client starting with you and work your way through the tasks to keep track of where you’re up to with each client.
2. Canva – Graphic design drag-and-drop design tool
I use quite a few tools for manipulating photographs, text and graphics. I’m a great fan of the Adobe products, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign but they are expensive and can be overkill for certain jobs. This is where Canva steps in – great for simple design pieces of work. I recommend it to all the clients I work with as a tool to use for producing blog post images, social media images, presentations and much more. Below is an image from Canva showing a few of the templates they have. Just select a template and then pick a design you like from the numerous examples shown amend the text and you’re done. You can upload your own images as well.
The free plan is pretty much all you need. If you wanted to use it as more of branding tool then you can upgrade to a paid plan which gives you the ability to upload your own brand fonts, resize images and access to more photographs. But to be honest, you can usually manage with the free one.
Start using it you won’t be disappointed.
3. Unsplash – Free images and photographs
Not so much a tool more of a resource. Unsplash is the website I use for many of the photographs I use on websites and blog posts. All the images look great. It can take a while to find the right one for your purpose, but I usually can find something that is going to work. Short and sweet this one but worth bookmarking in your browser.
https://pixabay.com is another that offers illustrations and videos as well as photographs. It’s worth looking at, but I do find the quality can be a be hit or miss. But keep it on the list if you’re regularly in need of photographs and images.
4. Hootsuite – Social media marketing and management
A great free tool for social media content management and a scheduling tool. There are paid plans available, but the free plan is good and will meet most needs. You can connect up to 3 social profiles and have scheduled at any one time up to 30 messages. So, create the post once and schedule it across all 3 of your accounts. A huge time saver. The interface can be a little unpleasant to deal with at times, but you get used to it.
5. Pocket – Save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later reading
I spend a tremendous amount of time on the internet whether it’s looking for inspiration, researching topics or completing customer work. The number of times I’ve come across a website that had a nugget of crucial information and I thought I’ll go back to that later on, only to find I’ve lost it in the plethora of browser windows I have open! Enter Pocket an excellent little app that allows you to store website links and even tag them as soon as you find them – just click on a little ‘pocket’ icon in your browser bar, and it’s stored. Go to Pocket later on, and you can see all the links you’ve saved for later viewing – screenshot below from my account.
There you have it a few of the apps and tools I love to use. Why don’t you join us for the webinar on the 3rd August where we’ll be discussing more favourite apps. I’m sure you’ll come across one that will peak your interest and may save you a massive amount of time and frustration in your private practice.