Are you App-Crazed?

by Organization, Productivity

How many of you download new apps weekly or even daily? Do you throw your hands up in disgust and say that there are no good apps for tasking, calendar management or list making?  Whenever I hear that, I ask how many apps or programs that person has tried.  Chances are, it's a LOT and that is the problem. You, my friend, are an App Whore. If you have something you like, don't get FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and download something new just because your friend thinks it's the best.  If you read an article that your favorite celebrity uses Runkeeper or your super-productive mentor uses Workflowy (disclaimer, I use and love both) it doesn't mean that it is going to make you a better runner or more organized.  Apps and software are individual.  What works for one person may not work for another.

The biggest problem I see?  People not sticking to a new app or program long enough to decide if it really works.  I can think of two clients right now where I suggested a program and they said ‘I don't like it. It won't work for me'.  A month later they love it.

Stop being an App Whore and COMMIT.

My husband tries a lot of new apps and for that I am thankful because he has turned me on to several that are in my arsenal and I use every day.  I guess you could say I use him to ‘weed them out'.  He's also suggested some to me that I have decided not to even try because it ‘solved' something that wasn't missing in my life.

It may seem harmless to download apps all the time, especially when they are free or 1.99 but the cost to you in lost productivity switching back and forth, learning new systems and trying to remember which app you typed that list into is priceless.

App Monogamy. It's safer, cheaper and will show you the long-term love.

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jim west

Principal and Managing Director, GFF Architects