You Don't Need Another Productivity System

Don't get me wrong, there are times when a new tool is what you need. A tree falls in your back yard and the puny hand saw just won't do the trick. Better to invest in a chainsaw that will get the work done in a fraction of the time. Folks here in Jersey saw this first hand in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

When it comes to your daily work though, I'm not sure that a new tool is what you need. Let me explain.

I go through a bit of something every 3-4 months. I slowly use my productivity system less and less and then hit the 3 month mark. It's at that time that I mistakenly think that I need a new tool. I actually don't. What I need is to recalibrate, refocus and spend 1-2 hours getting clear and current with my lists. Then, I'm good to go and can tackle the big projects that keep me up at night.

Busyness tricks me into thinking that I can use my systems less and expect the same results. In the end, there is no substitute for being disciplined, using my system daily and sticking with it. That's not a sexy solution but it works every time.

How about you? Do you think you need another app or "tool" when discipline/refocusing is what you really need?