The Death of a Productivity Tool

This week we’ve seen a number of articles where a long time stalwart of the productivity community, Evernote, may be in dire straits and possibly on it’s way out. I’m not looking to debate the future of this particular tool but it does raise an excellent question. Do you worry about the basis of your productivity system going away?

Many of us in the community spend an extraordinary amount of time configuring and tweaking our favorite tools, be they Evernote, OneNote, Notion, Todoist, Workflowy, Trello, and on and on. Much of our success is based on how well those tools operate and the functionality provided by their developers. I think it’s about time we change our perspective on things.

September is national disaster preparedness month and while it doesn’t compare to the scale and impact of a natural disaster, the loss of a trusted platform can be nearly as traumatic. To this day I still look back with longing at tools such as Springpad and wonder what could have been. So for the next month I’m going to be taking a look not at tools but at the techniques that can be used regardless of the platform to help organize and keep your daily work going.
First up…outlining.

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