You Make the Productivity App, Productive
I searched a long time for the perfect productivity tool. I started with the good ‘ol DayTimer and then I went to Franklin Covey’s system complete with the $100 genuine leather case. It looked really nice on the outside but there was very little going on inside. I tried but I just couldn’t keep with the system. I then tried PlannerPad which was awesome! It was a lot closer to how I think and process information and was similar to some DIY planners I had made in Word and Excel.
I was more successful with PlannerPad because it was 1) lined up more closely with how I think and 2) I had made the decision to stick with it. Every day I woke up and looked at my planner, first thing. Often times, before going to sleep, I would look at my planner to see what I had going on the next day as well as jot down a few things I wanted to remember from the day. Bottom line: I had decided to use the tool I had.
Then of course, the digital planner revolution occurred and I jumped on board. I had a few Palm Pilots but they were never as helpful as PlannerPad. I found myself keeping some things on the Palm and others on the paper planner. Needless to say, that was a little frustrating. Then the iPhone came out and I thought I had hit digital Nirvana when I found out I could have one program on my Mac and another on the iPhone and they would stay synced. I could hear the angels singing. I tried Things first. But that wasn’t quite what I was looking for so I tried OmniFocus. Way too much detail for what I needed. I was once again languishing, trying various programs and apps that promised to solve all my productivity and organizational woes.
What I found out is that there are a lot of great programs out there but not one of them is going to make you “Mr./Mrs./Miss GTD” by itself. It takes you, every day, working the tool which you have chosen. You may have a vision for the perfect productivity app that you believe will change the productivity world. Awesome, create it – I did. Just remember, there is no perfect productivity tool. There’s going to be some things you love and some things you don’t care for in any tool you choose. You’re the key to making any productivity tool, productive. How? By being tenaciously persistent in using what you have!