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Having Tools Doesn't Mean You'll Get Things Done

A set of tools

Tools aren’t an end in themselves. They’re merely a means to an end. Nothing more.

The idea behind tools is to help keep you organized, on track, more efficient, more productive. To remind you of what you need to do and when you need to do it.

But tools can become a trap. Tools can become a crutch.

They become a dumping ground for ideas, for thoughts, for notes, for links, for tasks.

You can wind up spending as much, if not more, time twiddling and twerning, trying to make the tool do things it’s not designed to do. You can wind up spending time trying to find the perfect tool. And that perfect tool doesn’t exist.

Remember that it’s not the tool that does the work. The most important link in the chain is you. Your drive, your focus, your discipline, your sweat. Your tools can help make doing the work easier, but in the end you have to take an active part in the process. If not, you’ll just have a bunch of tasks and notes and ideas. Until you do the work, those tasks and notes and ideas are worthless.

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