Instant effectivity tool, or is it?

Everyone looks for the best “something” to help them become better at “something”. It is the nature of humans. I am one of those people always looking for a software/hardware/gadget to help me do things differently. I guess since you read this blog you are one of those people to. Look around you, if you put a label like “instant weight loss” or “do you want to look like this (picture of an attractive person)” you will immediately get readers and followers.

People want things for nothing.

Someone once said, everyone wants to go to heaven, no one wants to die. It is true for many fields. No one wants to go hungry but they want to lose weight. Same analogy goes for effectivity. No one want really to change, they want a tool that does it for them. Most of the people starting with GTD and going back to their old procrastinating selves just discover that it was not the tool, it is the person behind the tool.

It is not the tool it is YOU!

With that said, it is always the person behind the tool that is responsible. Once you have this epiphany, well you are ready to find the perfect tool.

I use EverNote,, a perfect tool.

  • Regardless of your device of choice, there is a client for it.
  • It is dead-simple.
  • It does photo/audio/writing etc. Good thought come to me while driving. I just read it into EverNote and it will store it in my inbox for later processing.
  • There is a web-interface for you to share your notes as well. Which come in handy sometime.
  • It is the lack of fancy-schpansy that makes this tool so great. The more stuff you can do, the more time you will put on the features rather than doing what you are suppose to do.

In summary, get a simple tool, put your time and energy in to producing and being creative. Don’t get things that will distract you!

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5 Responses to Instant effectivity tool, or is it?

  1. Dane Findley June 19, 2011 at 17:27 #

    My theory is: the more places you work, the more productivity tools you will need to solve problems.

    Many people work primarily in (at least) 2 locations: home office, and office-office. Others work not only from their two offices, but also from their car, additional satellite offices, or even hotel rooms.

    Currently, I do the majority of my work from home. I have a standing desk, and a blogging chair. Pretty much all I need, is my Macbook and a few apps. Nothing extra fancy. I have an iPhone, for when I’m out in my car (but I drive far less than most people) or walking.

    It will be interesting to see what tools I find myself needing, as my business continues to grow.

    { twitter = @danenow }

    • Shahram June 19, 2011 at 17:34 #

      Thanks Dane for the comment.
      As always, I agree with you. At the end of the day, if you deliver on what you set up as your goal or product, the tool is not really important.
      If you blog on a peace of paper and than scan it to display on a webpage, well if the content is really good, people will read and love it.
      In your case, my friend, you do a good job in a very fancy and pleasing display.

  2. Micheal June 11, 2011 at 13:29 #

    Kudos! What a neat way of thkiinng about it.

  3. CPC_Andrew June 11, 2011 at 00:01 #

    I have yet to make the switch to Evernote by some of my colleagues rave about it.

    • Shahram June 11, 2011 at 07:43 #

      Thank you for you comment.
      I can strongly recommend it. As it is very simple and also, free. You can always give it a run see if it increases your effectivity.
      The most important part is not to give up too soon. Most people lack the bells and whistles they are used to see. However, you seldom really need to have some text really big, jingling, blinking sounding.
      Best of luck,

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