It is quite understandable that not all productivity apps will work for everyone.
You might add a list of tasks to an app, tell yourself you'll use it, and then forget to open the app again. Instead, you might use a sticky note to keep track of your tasks. This means the app did not work for you. You should not feel guilty about using a different system that works for you.
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Productivity is a personal thing, and what works for other people might not work for you. That's not embarrassing. Use the tool that works best for you.
Many productive people use sticky notes to keep track of tasks. Other people use paper as the ultimate productivity tool. Some even use their inbox as a to-do list.
Everyone envisions the ideal, productive version of themselves. That imaginary self uses a to-do list app.
Productivity blogs have done a great job of branding themselves as essential. These apps can be helpful, but if they don't work for you, that's ok.
The phrase "work-life balance" seems to imply that work and life are in balance.
If one imagines an old-fashioned scale, that would mean work is on the one side, and everything else about yourself on the other side - your friends, hobbies, family, relationships, beliefs, sports, etc. It hardly seems like a balance and really points out our obsession with work.
Some people try to use meetings to achieve things that meetings won't work for. That can turn an intelligent group into a dull and mean monster.
Types of meetings to avoid:
It's not that all meetings are bad, just that there are better tools to accomplish the job.
We all need uninterrupted work time every day, regardless of our role. Unbroken work makes us more motivated and focused. Yet uninterrupted calendar blocks are hard to design into a schedule.
We can't productively attend to meeting-heavy days while also spending hours on uninterrupted work time. We need to manage our expectations about what we can accomplish.
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