How can adding something help you simplify?
It’s so counter-intuitive, especially when Tech Minimalism tells us the opposite, but sometimes it’s better to add something to your toolkit that helps us simplify our business.
Step back and take stock
Sometimes it’s good to step back from our business and take time for ourselves. It’s a great way to understand how we can move forward. Because being outside the business is better than grinding within it.
Stop hacking your tools!
The best solution is the simple one. So if you’re constantly fixing the ‘hacks’ that are supposed to make your life easier, then what’s the point? You’re only ’Sellotaping’ a fix and not fixing it permanently. Right?
Are you using automation because you’re busy?
I’ve often said that automation is for the lazy and unorganised. However, I also know that it’s a tool to help the busy get organised. The issue I find is that often it’s used due to people being too busy rather than their need for it.
Never fear the unknown
It's all too common to fear the task than actually doing the test itself. As a result, we sometimes fall into a place where we feel anxious about trying something new. Even though, deep down, we know it's probably better for us.
Basecamp is the modern day Rolodex
I used to run a business in the past with a minimal amount of ‘tech’. And when I say ‘tech’ I mean Rolodex, pen and paper! So for me having a tool like Basecamp is equivalent to that, but quicker, simpler and easier.
Basecamp is the ultimate blank piece of paper
Now that Basecamp has moved to a per-user pricing model, I think this is the best time for many single-user/small businesses to look into it to see how they can save time and money by implementing it into their workflow.
Complexity creates complications
When a complex issue needs to be addressed, the simpler the solution, the better it would be. However, many don’t apply this method, so somehow, the solution becomes a convoluted, complicated and diabolical mess.
Copying a system isn’t the answer
Having a system you've created and use daily is the best way to be more productive. However, if you copy a complete system from someone else, you will not benefit from it. On the contrary, I would argue that you'll get even less productive.