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Are you a Productivity Tools Hitchhiker?

As a tool-hopper, I’m always searching for the best way to manage my tasks and information. With so many options available, it’s easy to get caught up in trying out the latest productivity and knowledge management tools like Dynalist, Roam Research, Obsidian, Tana and more. But constantly switching between them can lead to frustration and decreased productivity, especially for someone with ADHD.

In this post, I want to explore why I tend to hop from one tool to another and how I can make this process more productive and enjoyable.

Why do I hop from one tool to another?

There are several reasons why I might switch from one tool to another:

  • Boredom or a desire for novelty
  • The search for the “perfect” tool that meets all my needs
  • The need for a tool with new features or capabilities
  • Frustration with the limitations of my current tool

The drawbacks of my tool-hopping

Constantly switching between tools can have several disadvantages, such as:

  • A fragmented and disorganized system
  • Time-consuming and distracting learning curves
  • Decreased productivity due to transition time

How to make my tool-hopping more productive?

To make tool-hopping a more effective and enjoyable experience, I need to approach it with intention. Here are some guidelines I set for myself:

  • Set clear goals and criteria for what I want in a tool
  • Be mindful of the time and energy spent on transitions
  • Stick with a tool that is working well
  • Properly set up and customize new tools


As a tool-hopper, it’s essential to approach the process with intention and avoid the pitfalls of decreased productivity and disorganization. By setting clear goals, being mindful of my time and energy, and properly setting up new tools, I can make tool-hopping a more productive and enjoyable experience. So, what’s next on my tool-hopping journey?





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