Written By: Anick Globensky-Bromow of www.productivehappiness.com
When I was a kid, I was one of the first to get a personal computer, you know, the ones with the huge floppy disks? My father was into gadgets and technology, he had a cellphone before it was a thing, and we were the first in our neighborhood to have access to the internet. You’d think that my father’s love for gadgets would turn me into a digital devotee. Sure, I like shiny new tablets and productivity apps, but I have a love for analog that no app could take away.
Practically speaking, if you're sitting in your bedroom reading a book, would you need this many lights (see image above)? There is such a thing has having too much light which then becomes a distraction instead of something that provides usefulness.
The same can be said when it comes to being productive, a lot of the features that come with having a mobile device invite distraction. One of those is having too many notifications. When you think of it what are notifications for? Well, they are designed to bring information to the forefront so that we can see something of importance. This is very similar to street signs on the road. Street signs are designed to bring important information to our eyes so that we are aware of something occurring on the roadway.
Which app should I choose? Both of them have useful features that you like, so what should you do? Is jumping back and forth between various applications useful or is it a productivity killer? First, we must appreciate, our time is a very valuable unit of measure. When we start using a new productivity application, we invest a considerable amount of time into:
It can take up to a full month or more before we are functionally comfortable with the use of a particular application. Then, once this application is baked into our system, it becomes an integral part of our productivity. All of this time and effort is a considerable investment. Would it make since to throw away all of this time and effort by jumping to another app? You have to take these decisions seriously because again, our time is very valuable.
Productivity requires us to be good decision makers. We have to sift through our life and decide which tasks we will...
It seems that we have a tendency to think that every task is created equal. This isn't true. Having a set of priorities means we have clearly defined, what is essential and what is non-essential. If we haven't done this then there is a strong possibility we have been wasting a lot of time on non-essential tasks. How can we solve this issue? Let's find out.
Have you ever wondered why, after hundreds of years of innovation, we still use paper? There is still a use for train tracks, telephone poles, rubber wheels and the like. These things have been around for decades but we still use them. They seem so basic but yet they stand the test of time and are still very useful to this day.
When it comes to productivity, many are going back to using just paper and although I am a tech enthusiast, I do appreciate the use of paper based productivity systems. The question is, why are so many people going back to using paper when for years we've been trying to innovate more advanced forms of applications that can assist us in being more productive?