I'm currently trying out Notion, an app to help organize my writings, documents, tasks, notes, etc. So far it seems to have great features, and I see some features nudging me towards being more organized and more productive.
But as I'm moving some things from TaskPaper to Notion, I can't ignore the fact that the most important productivity tool we have and will every have is our minds.
To be clear: our minds are both the problem and the solution for productivity.
Most productivity struggles are rooted in the mind, and to make proper use of any productivity tool, no matter how advanced, requires the collaboration of our minds to make it work. And, in most cases, our minds are doing the heavy-lifting to decide what the best layout will be for a document and how it will be used. Even with templates available, our minds make up the final decision after weighing the benefits and weaknesses of the options available to us.
Regardless of the tool I use to stay productive, it ultimately boils down to a conversation I need to have with my mind to identify what it is that I'm actually struggling with and how I can resolve it.
I occasionally use paper and pen, sometimes I need to go for a walk to clear my mind and come up with solutions, a conversation with a thoughtful friend, or any other way to get my mind working on the task of figuring out what the problem is and how best to fix it.
If you're ever feeling stuck or not as productive as you like to be, don't underestimate the power of your mind in finding a solution and a good way to use it.
Fun fact: The brain is the only organ that named itself.
Scary fact: Your mind knows where you sleep, so don't make enemies with it.