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Minimize Your Toolkit, Become More Productive

by hypepotamus

Every week we are bombarded with advertising and enticed with this new tool and that new method as if we have any more room in our already-full lives to add yet another “thing” to our growing list of resources!

But we do, don’t we? We spend time signing up for services and trying out demos of new applications as well as downloaded the next bigger and more “robust” mobile app so that we can, in some way, become more productive and more effective at doing our job.

If we’re honest with ourselves then we’d admit that we’re probably doing it wrong (and wasting a lot of time along the way).

Let’s do something different this week, shall we? I challenge you to reduce your toolkit instead of add to it. In other words, take a look at your mobile device and/or your notebook computer and see if you can delete a good portion of those apps and appliances (see my personal colophon here as well as how I “crippled” my iPhone).

Try it and see what happens.

You know, there’s a lot of truth behind this effort to minimize your workflow and your distraction, by the way. Many artists, creatives, and super-productive people have discovered that the better you become at your particular the craft the smaller quantitative amount of tools you require to get the job done.

When the world tells you that you need yet-another-cool-app I challenge you to say confidently “Nope, not me.


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