It's About the Fundamentals not About the Tools

I’m on a podcast binge today, listening to all my podcasts dating back to November 2016 until today. 

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the podcasts that I wanted to write a quick post on. There’s a huge push in the productivity and entrepreneur podcasts and blogs on apps and services. The main ones are Asana, Todoist and Sanebox

I have no quibbles with the services or apps that are being pushed, this isn’t their fault, but I do have issues with the philosophy behind it and the way its being communicated. 

I believe the various influential people in these two interest spaces do this to make money, usually at the cost of being true to their passion. If you follow most of them back far enough in time you will see they flip flop between tools. Why? Because these things are highly individual and your preferences change over time, no one in these sphere’s should be prescribing a tool to you. 

They should be identifying the fundamentals of the process or philosophy and allowing you to choose a tool, service or physical product that works for you. It’s ok to show people how you can use various tool’s to fit your philosophy or process but not prescribing use of the tool at the sake of the core process and philosophy. Strangely, those that I speak to regularly who have always told me that it isn’t about the tool are now advertising go to multiple tools and services. It’s hypocrisy at its best. 

What do I mean by this, and do I have a good example? Well, through past posts you will know how I do not believe in this mass advertising push for people to use Sanebox. It doesn’t treat the root cause of the problem, its applying a bandaid to an issue at the expense of the user. Sanebox will mask your e-mail problems. Will it make your inbox more ‘Sane’ and help you be more efficient, sure. But it will cost you a hefty monthly fee to do so, for the rest of your life. I say the rest of your life, because as soon as you want to stop paying them your inbox will be back to the old chaos, in fact, maybe worse because in between you have gone ‘sign up mad’ because Sanebox always used to take care of things for you. 

At I believe if you come to my site you are coming to understand, learn and improve on your core productivity philosophy’s. This shouldn’t cost you money, unless you want to work with me directly. 

Focus on the fundamentals, the processes and not the tools or services. 

My Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

My Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

I thought I would give a few gift ideas based on a few things I have bought and loved this year. Everything recommended below I own and endorse. 

Powerbeats Wireless3 

I reviewed these headphones at Apple Resource and these are version 3, which I upgraded to from version 2 because I like these head phones so much. With the new Apple S1 chip in, I’d highly recommend these for any iOS/Mac user as it takes Bluetooth connectivity to a whole new level.

Buy Powerbeats Wireless3 now on Amazon.

Anker PowerCore 20100 Ultra High Capacity Portable Battery

Again, another item I reviewed at Apple Resource. I carry this battery in my backpack everywhere and it has been a life saver on more than one occasion. It has two ports and huge capacity. 

Buy Anker PowerCore 20100 now on Amazon. 

TaoTronics Wireless Shower Speaker

A gift on the cheaper side, but another loved item. I use this every morning in the shower to listen to podcasts, music or even take calls. It actually handles calls really well! 

Buy TaoTronics Wireless Shower Speaker now on Amazon UK

Here is the US equivalent.

If there is anything else worthy of making this list drop me a Tweet and let me know!

Why You Should Care About the Remote Working Revolution

Why You Should Care About the Remote Working Revolution

The world is changing so rapidly and technology that couldn't even be imagined even just 10 years ago is here today in the hands of the masses. The world is more connected today than it's ever been. Digital nomad is now a common term not just an urban dream. Due to the widespread proliferation of technology, more and more people are able to work and be productive no matter their location. The divergence between efficiency and productivity in their personal lives, versus their work lives is driving more and more people to want and value some form of remote working.