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In today’s world of productivity tools, philosophies and practices, I’ve tried just about everything out there.  If I haven’t tried it, I’d like to, so let me know what I’m missing.  I’ve posted most of the tools I use either here, here, or here.

One thing that still surprises me from time to time is how quickly the blog world works.  I’ve been part of the Internet generation since this thing really got moving 10 years ago, but I’m still surprised by its speed of social collaboration and unique communications.  A case in point is on the way of course!

Yesterday, I was writing about productivity tools I use and what I considered to be the “essentials”.  I listed Franklin Covey’s PlanPlus, David Allen’s GTD, TaskLynx, and Taskline.  I mentioned those as the “core” tools because they surround the workflow processes that I find important when processing, prioritizing and acting on information.  To my surprise, and it was a pleasant surprise, I received an e-mail from the company who makes another GREAT product I use…ClearContext.  They read my post from yesterday and were wondering if I had quit using ClearContext Inbox Manager.  They weren’t rude about anything at all, they just figured I wasn’t using it if I didn’t include it in my “essential” tools.  To their credit, they wanted to know what they could do better to get me to use it again.  I was surprised by this primarily because I am still using ClearContext and I do really like it a lot.  I was also surprised that they cared enough to continue reading my blog and took the time to ask me how they could improve.  However, that got me to thinking about why I would have left it off my “essentials” list, especially since I use it every day.

The conclusion I came to was that I didn’t notice ClearContext as much as the other tools.  This is both a good thing and a bad thing for the makers of this great software.  It is good in that users will find it seamless in their activities of organizing and acting on e-mail.  Basically, after using this product, you won’t want to work without it.  However, it is a bad thing in that you really don’t think about it much after you become dependent on it.  Most of the other tools I use have more elaborate user interaction required to make them serve their function.  With ClearContext, you quickly get used to clicking on the prioritize buttons and don’t give much thought to what is happening under the covers.  It works quickly, efficiently, and without major user initiative.

The fact of the matter is ClearContext is an invaluable tool that I use everyday.  It looks like they’re rapidly making improvements to the product as we speak, including most notably workflow features.  I’m anxious to see and test-drive the new features, especially seeing how they can add additional value into my productivity habits and make me all the better at the many things I do.

 

Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2005 2:57 AM | Back to top


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