Career Advice AUDIO / Self-Management

Are You Apped Up?

Are You Apped Up?

Designer productivity apps have lots of attractive and compelling features. Are they working for you?


Productivity apps have quite a bustling market. That’s because most of us are looking for ways to be more productive.

I’ve tried and tested almost every productivity app out there. What the testing process has helped me realize is that it’s really about self-management and self-improvement more than it is about managing productivity.

Why don’t productivity apps help?

If you have been relying on apps to help with your productivity, and you are still not where you want to be, the answer is not in the app. It is most likely in the process of discovering some things about yourself through your own efforts for self-improvement and self-management. No app is better than YOU to manage yourself!

Developing habits, patterns and practices that are conducive to your own personal form of productivity is really where results come from.

Self-management for productivity

Self-management for productivity is about managing your natural rhythms, thought patterns, and behaviors in the most effective and efficient way so you can make the most of your natural talents, skills, abilities, and inclinations.

In order to increase your productivity with effective self-management, you have to know some things about yourself and how you work best, such as:

  •     When your most productive times of day are.
  •     What environment you work best in.
  •     Whether you work best alone, with others, or some combination of the two.
  •     How you bring yourself to getting things done.
  •     How you take action.
  •     How you treat yourself.

Each person is an individual with individual characteristics and needs. Finding your internal groove for productivity is about discovering what makes you unique, and what situations are most conducive to you feeling confident and capable in your life, and your job, work, or career.

Keep in mind that doing work you love is the best productivity program out there. When you enjoy what you are doing, you are internally motivated and eager to engage in what brings you fulfillment.

One of my specialties is helping people discover what it is they are passionate about and taking steps to create a career or work life that fulfills those passions.