Why can’t we just keep things simple?
Is it that hard to cut out the clutter so that we can actually be productive? If you’re struggling to find the time to accomplish something then chances are you don’t need yet another tool or service to help you eliminate the clutter from your life.
Let me explain…
I was surfing the web devouring information (kinda like sippin’ water through a fire hose) and I came across a few blogs reviewing the WriteRoom word processor. This thing is great, it’s an alternative to Microsoft Word that helps you focus on you’re typing by creating a full-screen writing environment. No fancy menus, drop downs, tables or otherwise. Just words.
It even has a black background and green font reminiscent of the old days; it’s easy on the eyes.
People were raving about WriteRoom asking how much it is and where can they download it. You’d think it was the best program ever released. It’s going to revolutionize your word processing by keeping you focused so you can type away without missing a beat.
Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this picture?
You’re worried about opening Microsoft Word or maybe a Notepad file to type in because you may be distracted. Maybe it’s the exciting feature buttons of the MS Word UI that interrupt your train of thought? Or is it perhaps the ever-stimulating menu options in Notepad that make you too jittery to want to focus on typing?
The Tool For the Tool
Don’t over-complicate your life. If you need a tool to help you simplify the use of another tool in support of your online business then you’re just tool stacking.
Buying a program that just adds-to-your-programs-but-is-nearly-identical-to-that-other-program is useless. It’s like trying to find a tool that will help you swing a hammer. You’re using a tool to use a tool.
The problem isn’t that you need a newer, shinier, fancier widget to get our productivity rocking. It’s that you need to regain control of your attention span and discipline yourself to achieve goals. Well, that’s if you’re setting goals (which you should). If you haven’t set business goals for 2011 then don’t worry because we can work on growing your business together with some strategy sessions.
Oh and how about this one: another advertisement running these days is the new Windows smartphone that claims to, “save us from our phones.” I see. So let me get this straight, I buy your $300 cell phone so that I can finally organize my browsing, texting, calling, Facebooking, Tweeting, Foursquaring, emailing, and everything else from the palm of my hand?
If the phone you have is overwhelming your focus and time then consider setting it down for a day. For an hour. For ten minutes. Just step away.
Besides, there’s a great big world outside your door and we’re tired of watching you trip and walk into things while you walk and text.
Are you stacking or are you reaping the benefits of productive simplicity?