I’ve seen some debate recently on the question of the tools we use to get things done and the systems we use to get things done.
Leo, in his ZTD Habit 1:Collect expounds the virtues of simple tools (paper and pen) over complex tools (PDA, organizers).
Over on lifedev.net Glen rounds off a posting on ZTD with the comment:
…the tool isn’t going to make you any more organized.
It’s all about the system, baby.
I actually believe it’s about both and that you need both to be productive.
Suppose I have two pieces of wood and a screw I want to use to join them together.
Firstly I need a tool to do this task (someone hands me a screw driver at this point); but the tool is no good without a system.
The system is that I put the pointy end of the screw driver into the recessed head of the screw and turn it in a clockwise direction.
So the job gets done because I had a system (turning my had in a clockwise direction) and a tool to implement it through.
I agree 100% with the idea that the simpler the tool the more likely it’s going to be used and that’s why I have a small notebook for dumping my tasks into as they spring into my head. That tool supports my system.
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