Being app-crazy isn’t productive

by Productivity

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Do you download new apps weekly or even daily? Do you even know what half of those apps on your phone are? Being app-crazy isn't productive.

Whenever I hear someone say they can't find a good app, I ask how many different apps they've tried. Chances are, it's a LOT, and that's one of the problems. 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 ClickUp it doesn't mean that it will 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. Stick with it for a month and see before downloading the next new thing.

Stop being App-Crazy and COMMIT.

It may seem harmless to download apps all the time, especially when they are free or $1.99. Still, 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. If there isn't a problem you're trying to solve, keep it off your phone. The simpler the better.

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

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