What tools are you using to make your workflow more efficient?
In David Allen's Getting Things Done, a clear argument is made: Your brain is great for creativity, but oftentimes it fails us when it comes to workflow efficiency.
One way that we can remedy this issue of efficiency is through using various physical, tangible tools. These tools ought to be things that free up our mental space in order to allow us to do what our brains do best: think creatively.
Often, we treat our brains like storage containers. In order to remedy this, we ought to get our various ideas, obligations, and next actions out onto something tangible. Some examples of good capturing tools are:
Other tools that we ought to have nearby are pieces of technology that can aid us in doing work that our brains aren't well suited for. Tools like this are:
These tools ought to be something that we keep nearby and on hand at all times. In terms of capture tools, having these things on hand will aid us in capturing those ideas that hit us when we aren't expecting them, and if these tools have the role of reminding us of our next action steps, we will be more likely to get these things done.
Also, it should be noted that these tools should be things that we enjoy using. If we enjoy using these tools, then getting work done won't feel like pulling teeth. In my own life, I have a leather journal that I take with me everywhere, and when I have work-related thoughts come into mind, I write them down and keep them on hand.