With so many tools available that claim to increase your productivity, how do you choose? Todd Brown has compiled a set of questions in this blog post that will help you decide. Here’s a short excerpt, but you’ll want to read the full post to get his excellent and extensive questions that will save you time choosing among productivity tools.
Dealing with Promiscuous Organizing
It seems that information overload, which we’ve all been warned about for years, is now not just about too much email, too many tweets or Facebook posts, it’s also about an overload of the tools that are available to help us stay on top of things.
What we see out in the world is that many people have gathered lots of software tools, but they’re usually not getting the best out of them. Apps in particular are usually cheap, reducing the barriers to trying them out. So people end up with loads of them, and they often overlap. In a seminar recently I met someone who had four different list manager apps, each of which he used for about a week before losing enthusiasm and moving on to the next one. People like this are “promiscuous organizers”. They move from one tool to another, hoping to finally find The One Right Tool that will really change their lives.
I try to keep in mind that even the best tool is only as good as the thinking that I employ as I use it. A common phrase in Germany is “a fool with a tool is still a fool.” As much as the lazy side of my nature would prefer, tools can’t make the priority calls, deal unaided with ambiguity, or grapple effectively with the nuance of tough decisions. When it comes to those things, we need to employ that tool between our ears.
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