Every day I read posts or articles about the top 5 tools for your business or the tools you just can’t live without. As helpful as I find some of these tools, such as Batchbook or Tungle, I always caution myself before jumping right in to use something new. After all, new tools are only as effective as their users.
That’s right! I’m telling you not to just go out and get the newest online tool you have discovered. I’m telling you to actually think of its value before adding it in as the latest and greatest tool at your disposal. There are many reasons why I say this, but below is a short summary of my reasoning. I hope you will find my thought process to be of some use and insight when you see the next “best tool” list and use the caution necessary when implementing new systems or tools.
- Buyer beware. Before purchasing consider if you will truly use this tool in an effective manner. If you don’t plan to use it then don’t buy it.
- Consider how often you will use this tool. Will you be using it every day or just once a month?
- How much time will you be required to invest in learning how to use that cool tool? Is the amount of usage going to balance out or are you just wasting valuable time?
- If you are working in a team environment, has the entire team decided to use it? Chances are that if the whole team isn’t behind you on implementation then this will die a slow and painful death when you are the only one using it.
- Do you know others using it? Does the tool do for them what it is advertised to do?
Applying common sense to choosing the right tools for your business is probably one of the most effective ways you can save yourself time and energy. After all, a hammer is just a hammer and only takes up space when not being used. Do you want to waste time, energy, effort, and space on one more tool to sit unused on the shelf?
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