The animation process is very time consuming and tools will help us save the time we spend on repetitive tasks. Over the years I've collected some tools that make my life easier - the following are tools that I use on a daily basis.
They are character animation specific, it is important to note that they won't make you a better animator, they will only help you make the process a little bit more enjoyable, or at least they do for me.
Those above are the tools that I use, but to improve my time even more, I use X-KEYS to call them.
Click here to see the setup of my hotkeys. I change as little as possible from the default hotkeys and the ones that I changed are clearly stated, so in case you are having any problem you can always go back.
Press each button to understand what it does.
This is the layout I use, if you like the design you can download the .pdf here