The Lure of Productivity Apps

I am entranced with productivity apps. On some unconscious level I think I want them to do my work for me.

I also want them to be easy and intuitive to learn, which they all claim to be, but they’re all not.

It’s not that I’m unwilling to invest some time learning them if the advertised pay-off is that they will save me time in the end. But how will I know?

It’s a risk.

In my experience, some of them do what they advertise, and some of them don’t. 

I bought AirTable because I thought it would be easier to navigate than Excel, plus be more nimble. I got fairly good at it but then I couldn’t understand what else to do with it, so it’s just sitting, unused, in my dock.

I tried Trello, and once I got the hang of it, I found it to be useful and interesting. The learning curve wasn’t that steep, but I still don’t think I’m maximizing its potential. But I’m using it. 

I recently bought Notion because lots of YouTubers I follow were singing its praises. 

I think it can do a lot more things than Trello once I learn it, but learning it is hard for me. I find it confusing.

With all these productivity apps what they don’t tell you is that in order for them to serve you, you have to know who you are first. 

It’s like hiring an assistant without knowing what you need help with. You need to have a clear picture of your problem FIRST. 

So if you know that you need a better way to keep track of your progress on a project, or do a monthly inventory of something, or manage a team, then you can search for videos of how to do those things with your tool of choice. 

But if you really don’t know what you want it to do, then it will just make more work for you learning how to use it.

If your friend loves Trello, ask them to show you how they use it. If you have that problem, great, use Trello. If you don’t have that problem, you don’t need it.

This sounds like: Duh.

But I think a lot of these productivity apps just make me less productive. 

My biggest problem is always how to be a better writer.  

If you know any productivity apps that will write for me, let me know, will you?

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