This week I’m chasing an idea: do I really need all the apps I’ve said I do?
I’ve got apps for my schedule, tasks, notes, reminders, habits, music, and more. I’ve got a journal, work notebook, notebook for brainstorming, and another for lyrics, not to mention dozens of digital notebooks I carry with me in Evernote.
But do I really need them?
I believe EVERYTHING has weight, digital or not, so the more you keep, the more you carry. Evernote is great at capturing things, but it’s easy to get carried away and before you know it, you’re hoarding every stupid thing you see online away because you “don’t want to forget it”. Digital pack rats all of us.
But your mind purposely lets you forget things. You simply don’t need but so much information to survive and thrive. Maybe we should embrace the natural state of things a little?
So I’m experimenting with fewer apps and notebooks, starting with Evernote. I’ve copied just three notes from it and am putting the app on a shelf. If I’m doing well, I’ll start looking away ways to transfer that stuff I keep somewhere else, probably just go old school and back things up to a hard drive.
I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the sky won’t be falling anytime soon.
[Update: 10/13/2012] More than 24 hours now and there’s been almost zero need to use Evernote at all. Will likely scan a few notebooks for today’s weekly review, but I’m already making plans to offload my stuff. More specifically, I’m now thinking about where content I’ve been keeping in Evernote – if I need to keep it all – would be better placed. For instance, what would only be used on a computer or a phone?
[Update: 10/16/2012] Hard to believe it, but I’m actually feeling less stressed than I did a few days ago. Not sure exactly why, but I’ve only glanced at Evernote a couple of times, all where there was information there that needed to be moved somewhere else. I’m arguably getting more done, though this could be me projecting or dumb luck.