I’m a long-time listener and fan of both David and Stephen, so if this post starts to sound negative or combative that certainly isn’t my intention. I’m a fellow productivity nerd, app nerd, and like a lot of you I suspect, always looking for more efficient apps and systems to organize my life.
I’ve been noticing that David in particular – more so lately – mentions a LOT of apps, and it’s not just in passing or in a “you may find this useful” kind of way. It seems like he uses about 400 apps and at times – go easy on me – it seems like he over-complicates things a lot. In the latest episode he talks about his love of Devonthink and how it’s search is magical, but then a second later he talked about how he tracks his client in Apple Notes…until recently – now it’s Obsidian. I haven’t finished the episode yet, but if Devonthink is really good, why not track client data in there? It’s encrypted too if I’m not mistaken.
Then they went on talking about Craft and Roam etc, and again, not in a “you might try this” kind of way. It’s more “I use” or “I hope to use in the future” kind of manner.
I completely understand it’s not feasible to have one tool do everything, but man – seems like he “over apps” stuff at every turn. Does the guy pay $12k a year in subscription fees?
Anyway, I’ve been trying to simplify my digital life as of late. It’s still a work in progress. I just realized recently that listening to this show and people like Ali Abdaal on YouTube – they offer great advice but we need to me mindful as listeners not to get caught up in new tools and apps. There does come a point where you just overwhelm yourself.