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What are some of the best personal productivity apps that people use? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
Answer by Corey Fradin, Founder of QuickBooost, on Quora:
For years I used Evernote. When it didn’t serve me anymore, I moved over to Google. Specifically, Docs and Sheets. It’s perfect for me. Minimalistic, simple, free. It does everything I need it to. So I keep using it. And I’ll keep using it until it stops working. But not until then.
Here’s why: people use productivity apps, and discussions about them, as a means of procrastination.
They debate over which widget allows for a better checkbox experience, which provides better sorting, or has a better font. It doesn’t matter. It is just procrastination disguised as taking the first step.
But it’s not the first step.
It’s an anti-step.
It’s lying to yourself; telling yourself you’re doing something when you know you aren’t.
The way around this is simple. Make a decision. Then do the actual work. Too much time is spent debating such matters when, in actuality, it is just a tool. A tool to help you get things done. It is not the work itself.
Which carpenter would you rather employ?
Mind you, they both charge by the hour. Option one is someone who shows up with their hammer and saw and gets to work.
Option two shows up with nothing. In fact, they’re late because they were just at Home Depot and were debating between five different saws and five different hammers. Regardless, they can’t start the job until they sort that out.
However, they’ll be sure to bill you for their time.
Death to your productivity apps
If you’re asking – Should I use this app or that one? – you’re asking the wrong question.
Spend time upfront making your decision.
Then, move on with your life.
Tell yourself over and over and over: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The app you’re using now isn’t broke. It works just fine. So keep using it as the tool it is. Anything more than that is just procrastination.
And when it doesn’t serve you any longer, when the hammer no longer hammers, go out and get a new one. But not until that point. Anything more than that is a waste of your time.
I say, death to the endless weighing of the options. To the debates. You’re not getting anything done that matters.
And you’re running out of time.
Instead of wasting any more precious moments of your life, pick a hammer and start doing the actual work. Make the best decision you can with the information you have.
If the selected hammer does its job, keep using it.
If it doesn’t, then and only then should you consider finding a replacement.
Continuously ask yourself what the most important thing is. Question what critical activity will help you move forward. Replacing your rubber-grip hammer for one that is metal won’t change how the nail goes in. Only your swing will do that. Only your work will build the house.
Standing around Home Depot is just procrastination masquerading as effort.
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