Have you ever noticed that the major productivity theories out there always claim that it can be implemented regardless of the tools you use?
And have you ever noticed that they all seem to spawn pre-packaged tools to help you implement? For instance, the 7 Habits spawned the Franklin-Covey planner line (I remember when it used to be Franklin planners). Getting Things Done has released an ebook and an Outlook plugin to implement the methods.
I understand why the companies do this. Most people would rather buy something off the shelf and force themselves to work around it, than to go through the effort of creating their own toolset.
Toolsets, Like People, Are Individual
But toolsets should be individual, since we all have different work and different ways of approaching that work and our lives in general. In order to get a tool set that really works with how you work, I believe you must create it yourself. No one can do this for you with the same level of success you can do it with.
Over the next few Mondays, I’m going to walk you through the process of solidifying my toolset, and show you how to put together your own.
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