Do you use your Windows machine for everyday tasks?  If you do, then you will want to check out today’s video as I go over the Top 10 Windows Productivity Apps that I use each day.  Be sure to stick around as these apps are not going to be the typical apps used by Productivity YouTubers!

Number 10 – SnagIt from TechSmith (Windows Apps)

One of the apps that I use all the time on my Windows machine is SnagIt by TechSmith.  SnagIt allows me to not only capture screenshots, and images but also allows you to create videos.  I love the fact that I can capture just a region, window, or a full screen.  Best of all you can use it on both Windows and Mac.  But the best feature is the ability to annotate and markup the image that you just captured.

Number 9 – Streamlabs (Windows Apps)

The one app that helps me stream to YouTube or Twitch is Streamlabs.  I used to use OBS but moved over the Streamlabs for its versatility. I love the templates that are available to help you get it started and setup.

Number 8 Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is the best collection of productivity app available today.  The apps that I use daily are Word, Excel, and One Drive.  To be honest, I have tried other Word processing apps and cannot find any that I like better than Microsoft Word.

Number 7 Elgato Stream Deck

I love Elgato’s Stream Deck as I can just push a button to turn on the streaming lights, start recording a video and so many other things.  If you have not tried out this device please get one.

Number 6 Grammarly

I tend to talk a lot.  So, when writing my YouTube video scripts, I tend to do the same thing.  That is where Grammarly comes into play.  Grammarly, suggests alternative to shorten my sentences into one concise thought.  Especially since I used to work for the Government and got used to techncal writing.

Number 5 Google Calendar

Since I work across multiple platforms in a day, I need a Calendar that works on multiple platforms as well.  This is where Google Calendar comes into play.  With Google Calendar I can quickly schedule meetings and set up reminders.  I love how easy it is to set up multiple calendars which allows me to separate my personal life from my work life.

Number 4 Google Chrome

Google Chrome is one of the best browsers available today.  I love that I can automatically sync all bookmarks, open tabs, and recent searches across multiple computers and mobile devices.  The one downside to Chrome is its privacy protection.  So, please consider this before installing Chrome.

Number 3 Google Drive

If you are like me and must share documents with clients, friends, and family then you will want to use Google Drive.  What I like about Google Drives is that I can access it directly from Chrome and I don’t have to install another app.

Number 2 Zoom

Occasionally, I need to have a conference call with a client or interview someone for my YouTube Channel or Podcast.  That is where the Zoom app comes into play.  Zoom allows me to record the meeting or interview and it is great to use when training someone.

Number 1 BeerSmith (Windows App)

One of my favorite hobbies is to make my own beer.  When developing my beer recipes it helps to have an app that can tell you if your beer is bitter, or hobby enough.  That is where the BeerSmith app comes into play.  I can select the type of beer I want to brew and add the ingredients with direct feedback.

Wrap Up

As I said earlier in this video, I use apps that business owners would use to get things done.  I don’t believe you need to use a dedicated app for everything.  With that said, I do believe that sometimes a dedicated productivity app does have its place.

Let me know in the comments below what apps you use to be productive.

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