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My playlist is an eclectic collection of tools that help me approach my work as play. I love them so much, I want to share them with you!

Object: Accessing my online tools on my desktop computer more easily.

What Didn’t Work: Trying to remember the apps I needed to open and keep tabs on, logging in and out, having tons of tabs open at the same time, taking tons of time to find my way from one tool to the one I needed next.

My Aha! Moment: I stumbled across Station accidentally, and nearly danced for joy. Imagine you could have a dashboard with all of your online tools collected in one streamlined toolbar. Then, add to that the ability to save specific windows within each of those tools. So, say on Google Drive you’re always visiting a couple pages. What if you had a tool that made saving those windows simple, and you could easily toggle between the windows you needed with no lost time navigating? Amazing, right?

Usually, I hang out with a tool for a while before I add it to my playlist, but this one is so good, I wanted to share it with you right away. If you use online apps such as Google drive, Buffer, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook Business Manager, Airtable, Slack, Evernote, (or any number of others) this app is going to rock your world.

How I Play:

  • I went through the tool list and added the tools I use often.
  • I sorted the tools on the scroll bar so that the similar ones are together, and the most used ones are at the top.
  • As I work, I’m adding pages to each tool to make navigation easier and easier as I go.

Player’s Notes:

  • The set-up process is simple, but it does require logging into everything to get started. You’ll want to make sure you’re feeling patient.
  • It’s tempting to set up everything perfectly right away. However, adding pages as you go is very easy, so I’d recommend setting your dashboard up on a basic level and then fine-tuning as you go.
  • Right now, Station is free, but I can’t imagine that it will be forever. Be an early adopter!

Take it to the Next Level:

  • Station has some tools to help you quiet notifications and can help you truly get into the zone. Play around with how you might use the tool to deepen your concentration and get deep work done.