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The Paradox Of Productivity Apps

The idea is that there are tools out there such as Notion, Evernote, Todist, etc. that are designed to make us more productive. But, I don’t think they often serve that purpose - here's what we need to realise.
The Paradox Of Productivity Apps

Here’s my beef with productivity tools (Notion I still love you)!

So, the idea is that there are tools out there such as Notion, Evernote, Todist, etc. that are designed to make us more productive. But, I don’t think they make us any more productive than we were before we downloaded them. This was a realisation I had during my long finals exam season. Whilst I was revising, I noticed the easiest and fastest way for me to take some quick notes, make a list, or organise some thoughts was just to open up Apple Notes. My first reaction was never to create a Notion page as I knew this would mean faffing around with metatags, making it look organised, and well-formatted. In other words, I actively avoided it because I knew I would spend more time and not get very far. This then made me come up with the following analogy.

Notion is like owning a Rolls-Royce. It’s fantastic, luxurious, and has a bunch of bells and whistles, such as a retractable umbrella hidden away in an automatic door. Apple Notes is like owning a Prius. Nothing fancy about it, but it’s uber-efficient, trustworthy, and get’s the job done. At the core of it, both cars or both apps will get you from A to B. One might just be a nicer experience, that’s all. That does not make it a more productive experience, just a nicer one.

So, going ahead, I think I will simplify my productivity ecosystem putting an emphasis on results and efficiency over anything else. I’ll make a YouTube video about it sometime soon - so watch out for that. But, don’t get me wrong, there are certainly many use cases where Notion will destroy Apple Notes. It’s just that generally speaking you don’t need to always be wearing Prada to go to the grocery store — if you get what I mean.


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