June 24th, 2020
I used to be really obsessed with productivity software.

Notion, Trello, Todoist, Slack, Evernote, Inbox Zero, GTD, etc.

I now believe all of that software is useless.

Nowadays, I just use one text file to track my todos.

It’s just the shit I want to get done for the day. No fancy Kanban, just a simple checklist.

Here’s what it looks like:

Sublime Text & a text file, saved on iCloud drive


Productivity software makes us overengineer our workdays and overcomplicate our lives.

It’s busywork.

It prevents us from the most important thing - taking action.

So what is up with our obsession with productivity software? I think it’s something deeper - our obsession with being in control of our lives and our inability to stop working.

For me, productivity has been somewhat of an addiction and the more I work for myself, the more I realize how unhealthy it is.