Overwhelmed With Productivity Tools?


So much has been written about productivity tools.  Everything from working smarter to being more effective and efficient to time management to making more money.  In fact, there is such a huge demand for productivity products and services that people have made millions from selling them.  People like Tony Robbins, Steven Covey, and David Allen of GTD (Getting Things Done).  It seems that everyday there’s a new productivity app that is preparing for launch.

Are we drowning in productivity tools?

It depends. If they are not improving your life or work, then yes. However, like most things in life, I think it is about deciding if it is RIGHT for you, your business, your organization. I think there is a time and a place for implementing productivity tools and services and there is a time and place to avoid them. But that is for each entrepreneur to decide for herself.

My journal is one of the most powerful productivity tools I use.

Recently, I found an online journal productivity tool. It’s called Penzu. You see, I like to write. I’ve kept a journal since I was a teenager. I have loads and loads of diaries from my past. However, over the last few years, I’ve been using my blog as an online journal on work-life balance.  But over the last few months, I’ve been searching for an online platform to write about my private thoughts. You should know that anytime I find something really cool, I am going to share it with you right here.  And no, I am NOT being compensated to share this with you.  It’s just that I am passionate about helping you and if this blog post helps you too, then great!

Being productive starts with quieting the mind.

Reflecting, pondering, and thinking with the written word can be very powerful and productive.  My journal has given me tremendous clarity and invaluable insight into my life, my mistakes, my unnecessary fears, my behavioral patterns, as well as my dreams, goals, and intentions.  Let me give you an example. A few months ago, I found an old journal where I had written about my desire to organize a fundraiser for children without permanent homes. Lo and behold a few years later I had fundraised over $350,000 for a children’s non-profit in my local community.  I could not believe what I was reading. What started as an idea had turned into a passion and a mission. My thoughts had turned into a reality and my journal was there to remind me of how powerful my intentions were and how my thoughts had determined the very outcome of my actions.

While I no longer put the pen to the paper, but rather the fingers to the keyboard, I still find my journal to be one the most effective productivity tools for me.  In the words of Carl Jung, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  So, I have a question.  Is it time to awaken with the power of a journal? For me, self-exploration (via a journal) is a life-long journey and if it makes me more productive, well, that’s a good thing.

What about you? What are your favorite productivity apps? Who do you turn to for productivity advice? I would love to know your thoughts on the comments below.


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