I don’t use a lot of tools. I sort of apply Zuckerberg’s philosophy of fewer decisions to my workflow.
“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community,” Zuckerberg said, after clarifying that he had “multiple same shirts.”
That means fewer decisions about where to do work, which in my case means: where to learn and research, where to put and nurture ideas, and where to create and communicate my products and services.
Unfortunately, because of the critical limitations, at least in my mind, of many of the tools available to me, I am always wrestling with unnecessary decisions about where to do my work.
Here are the tools I love the most, but I wish they did just a couple of things better. Helping me to struggle less with deciding if I can use this tool all the way to a deliverable.
Let me export notes to a variety of file types—PDF and DOCX explicitly. I think this is essential functionality to any content tool like this. I simply don’t get why this has never been a priority. We live in a world where collaboration should probably be an assumed use case. By the way, the collaboration, as implemented, is not helpful. Again, it is a feature that causes more frustration and mistakes (i.e., conflicting overwrites and deletions) than facilitating proper collaboration.
Allow me to publish from Evernote to blogging platforms, like WordPress, Medium, Twitter, and Facebook. I don’t want to share my note; I want to publish it.
Integrating Grammarly or like spell and grammar checking assistance. The current system is awful and more often than not it changes something correct (to be fair often industry or niche specific) to some complete nonsense, often automatically and without me noticing.
Let me have fat tweets. Everyone shares links and no one clicks on them. I could be entirely wrong with this assumption, but if the data validates this user behavior pattern why not allow the content to be published in full on Twitter? I think Facebook is getting that with Instant Articles.
Allow me to better use my Lists. One of the things that I consider to be very powerful and distinctive about the Twitter platform is my ability to immerse myself in a particular context, for news or research, using Lists. The problem is the List feature is buried on the native and mobile Twitter Apps. Moments is touching on this, and I love that feature—keep going. This kind of feature makes Twitter much more useful as a significant information resource over something like Facebook or a dysfunctional, bolted on Linkedin Pulse.
As a result, of these weaknesses, I’m forever bouncing around news apps looking for up-to-date and expert information. Most of which is in Twitter, but hard to observe or find.
I’m forever in conflict between starting a project in Evernote or Google Docs. Evernote is easier to get started in, but Google Docs allows me to deliver a final professional report, presentation, or product.
But, here is my single pain point. Let me publish to multiple platforms. Same short list: WordPress, Medium, Twitter, and Facebook.
The spell and grammar checking are not as distracting as in Evernote, but I think Google Docs should buy and integrate Grammarly.
These tools, combined with Basecamp and Slack are the total of my tools.
What is in your work stack?