I’m The Problem

Michael Lopp at Rands in Repose:

I eagerly evaluate every new productivity solution that shows up because I truly want them to be “the one,” but after doing this for over a decade, I’m certain the tool isn’t the problem. I am. Where the innovation needs to occur is not within Asana, Things, or Workflowy, it’s with how I choose to spend my time. It’s developing a well defined protocol for myself regarding maintaining my to-do list, and then religiously following this protocol and consistently investing my time.

I’ve come to the same conclusion. Gotta take responsibility for our flaws. The tools and apps point me in the right direction, but I have to discipline myself to stay the course.

Task management isn’t auto-performed by my tools. I have to take charge of my actions, or I become the problem maker.


Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.