TIP #11: Simplify your Technology

This is one of those tough things, specially for a person that drool over technology, and useless shine stuff. During years I had bough useless junk just for the reason that it is shiny and had circuits. I have hacked computers, PDAs and more. All that I learned is that until you simplify your technology, you will have a lot of fun playing with it, but not necessarily being really productive.
Kindle, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Headphones with microphone, Noise Cancelation headphones, Voice Recorder, Camera, Android Tablet, Laptop, Moleskines (5 actually), pens (3), USB Pen Drives (5), Cables (too many)
This list is the backpack contents of a client of mine, before we begin working together. That was the I need, I wish, I have in case of… Simplify your technology, not only you are spending an incredible amount of hours dealing with keeping update, sync and more, but you are spending on an incredible amount of money on redundant equipment. If you like iOS, use only iOS. if you like Android, same. Unless your work requires, use MacOS or Windows or UNIX. You don’t need to carry all of them with you. Stick with one, and learn how to use it really well. Most people that have many devices have them because they had never learned to really use them well.
After we work on simplifying her technology approach, this was the backpack content:
Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Headphones with Mic (A good ones, instead of a cheap ones) (Software for Voice Recorder, Camera), 1 Moleskine (divided appropriately), 2 Pens (Current use and Backup), 1 USB Pen Drive, No cables, unless the trip is longer than 1 day.
Big Difference.
i.e. As this writing, I carry most of the time, my iPhone, my iPad, Logitech k810, Kindle PaperWhite, a Pen and 10-15 Index Cards (Plain White and Levenger Ruled) That’s the full set. The ultraportable one is just the iPhone. I can do almost everything there.

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Augusto Pinaud

Augusto Pinaud es Coach de Tecnología de Productividad Bilingüe, Especialista en Nozbe Teams. Augusto trabaja con dueños y gerentes de pequeñas empresas, ejecutivos y profesionales en productividad, tecnología y mejora de procesos utilizando una variedad de tecnologías de productividad.

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