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Digital Oase Newsletter 🐫 Productivity

Digital Oase Newsletter 🐫 Productivity

1 thought, 1 article, something to avoid & something to use

Your weekly dose of digital mindfulness

Hello, digital friend,

I hope you are having a fantastic week. Today, I want to talk a bit about productivity, procrastination, and the digital tools that can help me (or keep me from) being productive.

A Thought

Digital productivity tools are a fantastic supporter that wasn’t available just a few years ago. Yet, I feel like I have been more productive when I just had a notebook and a physical calendar.

An Article

When I first started to take a closer look at my productivity setup, I found this article. While it doesn’t talk about any digital tools, it is a great read to become more mindful on the topic of work, procrastination, and the things that bring me closer to my goals.

How to work now and procrastinate later
October 14th, 2019 -- Researchers discover the cure for procrastination. Tens of millions of stalled projects move forward at once. The economy explodes with productivity. Everyone finally learns Spanish and joins Crossfit. Publishers become inundated with manuscripts of brilliant novels. Facebook’s…

Something to avoid

Do you use productivity tools? You probably do, and if you are anything like me, you like to use as many as possible. I love my note-taking apps, todo-lists, and any new approach to the topic of productivity. But one day, I realised that I spend more time on these tools - setting them up, filling them, and organising them - than I do on the actual work they are supposed to help me with.

I found a new way of procrastination: administrative work in my digital tools.

Something to use

Prioritise the work towards your goals over the administrative setup of your tools. A well-planned system should support you on the important work and give you more time, not demand attention. Be aware of the actual impact productivity tools have on your life and your work.

You can start by having a look at your notes. How do you use them and how much time do you spend organising them? I saw a big jump in the note-taking process when I switched from my hierarchical setup in OneNote to Roam Research.

Maybe have a look at this tool and see whether it could be something for you as well.

Have a great day!

Markus

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