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Application Paralysis

This article was originally published on Medium.com.

Analysis paralysis is a thing, right? Everyone likes to talk about it so let’s assume so.

But what about the people who DO ship? The people who are doing things and know they have more to do and more to give but feel another kind of barrier.

The kind that makes getting thoughts out into the world much harder than it seems. It’s not the analysis that’s holding them back but the actual process of getting it down on paper.

I find myself wanting to have that app on my phone that’s my go-to for when good ideas show up. I don’t want to lose it and I want to keep everything in one place so I can pop open this treasure trove of great ideas.

Okay cool. So now which app? Which of the millions of note-taking apps should I use that can help me making genius come to life?

I literally fight with myself over which app. Application paralysis.

Then, if I’m lucky to choose one (and God forbid it’s none of the fancy ones. Just the basic “Notes” for iPhone) and that idea comes I open the app and prepare to write.

I start to write. Then it looks stupid. Really stupid on that line in Notes.

Is it the app? Or is it the idea? Can I put this brilliant idea into the words it deserves, or was it better working it out in my head instead of trying to put it into this app?

Application paralysis. It’s a thing, I’m telling you.

I’m so busy thinking about how many amazing pieces of technology there are out there to house my ideas that I can’t even get my idea out efficiently because of the insane amount of effort and qualification this app had to go through to get to this point.

And now, I’m judging it. I’m judging this app for how it makes my idea look. Feel. In real life.

Apps are not real life. Important to note, but you see why this doesn’t help though.

Working from home, being an entrepreneur and being in your own head all. The. Time. These are just a few things that join Application Paralysis in the company of being obstacles of progress.

It’s not about making time to think, which of course is important but not the issue at hand. It’s about finding your perfect process of turning thoughts into plans that lead to action.

How do we think more efficiently and find greatness? Could there possibly be an app for that?

For now, I’ve resorted to the “Voice Memos” app as talking to myself — although weird — is better than the conversation staying in my head. Right?

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Productivity, Twitter
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Buffer’s Daily App Helps You Find Tweets to Share [VIDEO]

Once again the spotlight is on Buffer and the beautiful ideas they have before everyone else. I just love them! You have to try out this app they just created to make it even more easy to discover great info to share to your communities!

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LinkedIn, Productivity, Twitter
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How to Auto-Share Your New Blog Posts [VIDEO]

We have another message from the Amy’s Elite tribe. This one is from Brian Dane:

Do you know of a free WordPress plugin that will automatically tweet new posts and maybe even post them on other platforms?

Boy do I. Tune in to find out more.

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Blogging, Productivity
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The Best No-Distractions Reader App [VIDEO]

The Internet is full of distractions, and I’m sure I’m not breaking news with that statement. But it’s really important to find the environments online where we feel more productive in our every day work. This is one of those tried-and-true tools that helps me make that happen.

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Productivity, Video Marketing
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My Morning Routine [VIDEO]

Everyone wants to know what everyone does in their daily life to get their productivity going and accomplish the most amount of success possible. Well, if you’re interested in what that looks like for me, I’m sharing my average morning routine in today’s video.

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Building a Business, Productivity
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How To Keep Email From Running Your Life [VIDEO]

I understand more than anyone how difficult it can be to keep email from running your life. I’m an “Inbox Zero” kinda girl. So I thought I’d talk about some of the strategies and tools I use to keep my inbox from dictating my day, my workload and my life.

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Productivity
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How I Prioritize My Time [VIDEO]

It’s typical for any of us to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But the reality is that every one of us here on earth have the same number of hours to work with. So if you prioritize your time effectively, you can feel better about all the things you need to do.

And that’s exactly what we’re talking about today thanks to a question from Carly:

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“Would you be interested in creating a video or have you already created one about what and how to prioritze work when time is liited? Currently I am working a full time job and I have my photography business on the side which I am slowly but surely growing my audience. My problem is keeping videos consistent and sending out emails to my subscribers.”

-Carly

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Productivity
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Tidy Up Your Email with Boomerang for Gmail [VIDEO]

I’m definitely an “inbox zero” kind of girl. I have filters upon filters. Systems for certain types of emails. I even rejoiced when Gmail released the new tabs system because it added another way to stay organized. I realize that I’m in the 1% in terms of how I handle my email, but I know that this is also one of the reasons why I don’t feel so bogged down or overwhelmed when it comes to my work load. I also have things under control.

So I thought I would share one of the key tools that helps me make life a little cleaner in my Gmail with you. This Savvy Tuesday episode is about a little friend of mine named Boomerang.

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Productivity
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Google All Access vs. Spotify for Music Streaming [VIDEO]

Google rolled out their contribution to the music streaming scene, Google All Access, at their developers conference a couple weeks ago. I signed up and I’m hooked. But I’ve also been a loyal Spotify user since it came to the U.S.

So I wanted to bring up the pros and cons of these platforms so you can help me decide. Which is better?

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Productivity
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IFTTT: The Personal Assistant You’re Looking For [VIDEO]

One of my favorite online tools is the feature for this week’s Savvy Tuesday. IFTTT stands for “if this then that” and is a fantastic automation website. It brings together your favorite social networks, cloud storage apps, wearable technology, email, text messaging and so much more to automate various tasks that are not a good use of your time. The perfect personal assistant.

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