If Everything Looks Like a Nail
“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”
You’ve certainly heard that truism, usually in the context of some individual or group with a fixed repertoire of reactive behaviors that limit their ability to respond effectively and with precision to a particular problem or issue.
I use the phrase to justify my perpetual search for more and especially better tools in my daily efforts at information gathering, communications and creativity by way of the computer.
If your everyday hammer isÂ email and a word processor, you can do some things, but there are boards you can’t saw and screws you can’t set with only those general purpose tools. And I know some very diversely-busy people who have very small tool boxes and wonderÂ why they aren’t more curious about alternatives.
Since I already lost both of my regular readers by now, I’ll just recommendÂ a few daily-use Mac / IOS tools, and you can be on your way.
TRELLO: a “cork board with ordered notecards” digital tool based on the Japanese Kanban system. If you’re a visual think-and-remember person, give a look. There are 4 million active users.
WORKFLOWY: I’ve mentioned before because it is the best “do one thing well” app I know of, and the thing it does well is to manage ordered text (lists) even if there are hundreds of thousands of words in your bulleted list of lists. I have been using WF as my first-choice writing tool since it first appeared. Can’t understand why everybody with a brain and thumbs does not use it.
TODOIST and FANTASTICAL and SUNRISE CALENDAR: For keeping order of date-sensitive stuff mostly. There are OS-wide hotkeys for quick entry that recognize ordinary language for dates and times, and these automatically go to SUNRISE.
REALTIMEBOARD: I’m still waiting for a legitimate reason to share a board collaboratively, and in January SustainFloyd is going to be creating a calendar for 2016 and revising our web site. I’ll suggest we create these outcomes using this tool.
If there’s anyone left at the end of this blog post who has a Mac tool they swear by, let me know. I’m always ready to find supplements to replace former working neurons.