There is only one tool you need most of all. Use it — it’s free!
Approximately 150 years ago, the industrial revolution took place. Advanced states started a transformation from agriculture to industrial economies. During that period, the term “productivity” first appeared. That’s when people started to measure the output of workers, machines, and capital.
Since then, many things have changed. Today, we’re living in a completely new world with Uber, AirBnB, Facebook, and Google. The values and measures for success have changed dramatically. But the original definition of productivity has never changed. And this definition is still applied to our everyday lives. That’s how the market of internet productivity became big.
There are tons of tools and small apps which pretend to make you more productive. Most of them are a waste of time and money, because they help you to do more in a shorter period of time (this equates to “being productive”). When you use these tools, you use new technology to achieve old-school measures of success. The same applies to productivity techniques like Pomodoro and zero inbox. I have never met a truly successful person who claimed to use any of the above-mentioned techniques. It seems the fucking key to success is hidden somewhere else.
And yes, this is true: Success is measured by the results you achieve, not by how many tasks you’ve accomplished in a given day. No one cares if you can finish something stupid in 10 or 20 minutes. People care if you do something impactful. So instead of doing more, you need to understand how to do less — less bullshit, that is. Only then you will have more time for your most important tasks.
The bad news: There are no tools for this available on the market. The good news: The one tool you need you already own. It’s called your brain. As one of my teachers loved to say, “Use your brain first and everything else will follow.”
Tools (software and processes) don’t solve problems. People solve problems. Tools merely speed up the change. An idiot with a tool is still an idiot! — Christopher Daily (from The Daily Standup Blog)