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Forget the tools

Published on 18 November 2021

I have a reputation for being somewhat productive at work. I follow a couple of methodolgoies which I’ve written about before, but the tools I use to do this are far less important than the ideas behind them.

At a previous job I was asked to give a short talk about how I got things done. Once I had finished, the first question I received was “What tools do you use?”. That question signaled to me that the person had missed the point.

Now, I love talking about the tools people use. I want to know which camera my favourite photographers use or what guitar pedals my favourite guitarist uses, but despite my interest in these things, it isn’t the tools that make these artists who they are.

It is so important to focus on the ideas behind a methodology and think how you can apply them using the tools you’re most comfortable with. In truth it doesn’t matter which productivity apps you use, so long as they have the functionality to put whatever principles you’re learning about into place.

This post is part of a series of posts in which I write and publish a blog post every day throughout November 2021. There are no constraints on the project and the posts don’t neccissarliy have any connection to each other.

See all of the posts in the 30 days of writing project.