Keep your notes handy

If someone were to tell you a small but important piece of information right now, how prepared are you to capture and store that piece of information? I ask this question because over the years, I have seen some very interesting (and some very cringeworthy) attempts to take notes. The most interesting one has to be when a friend sent me a long whatsapp message containing a list of seemingly unrelated items followed by this message: Ignore. I just need a place where I can see this. Quick hint: Don’t use chat applications as a substitute for a good note-taking app.

Notepad with pen
How prepared are you to take notes
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Don’t try to remember it

A sticky note

Someone once told me “the faintest pencil is better than the strongest memory.” I didn’t take him as serious as I should have back then. Not until the day I forgot to turn in a report on time because my memory convinced me the report was due the next day.

Our memories are unreliable. Our brains are designed so we forget most of the information we are exposed to within a short period of time. This is a good thing because frankly speaking most of the information we are exposed to is useless. You don’t need to remember how many people you drove past on your way to work this morning or the colour of each individual tile you stepped across today. Unless there is a good reason for remembering something eg your livelihood depends on it, you will probably forget it after a few hours.

Forgot something?
You probably didn’t write it down

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Great apps for improved personal productivity

A mobile phone with app logos coming out of it

Simplicity is the hallmark of genius. A case could be made that the only personal productivity tool you need is a notebook and a pen. Devices have become a constant source of distraction for some people. Such people may find it easier and more productive to plan their days using a simple leatherbound diary instead of a device. I, on the other hand disagree. This is the 21st century and technology can make your daily planning easier. If you are always unlocking your phone to check the latest popup notification, you probably need to work on developing a healthy digital lifestyle for you.

I use some apps for different functions such as note taking, to-do lists and task management. Today, in no particular order, I will present some of my favourite personal productivity apps and how I use them.

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