Thousands of apps offer ways to increase productivity and control clutter but are there analog ways of organizing that might make us more productive?
This article titled “Computer says yes: sync your life to save time” was written by Oliver Burkeman, for The Guardian on Friday 4th May 2012 22.02 UTC
Technology was supposed to make things simpler. That, of course, was the famous promise of those now-laughable 1960s predictions about life in the 21st century – flying cars, robots doing the housework and electronic shopping consoles that looked suspiciously like clunky old TVs. (“What the wife selects on her console,” as one 1969 documentary put it, “will be paid for by the husband on his console.”) But it's a promise still made frequently today: “simplicity” is the selling point of nearly every app, phone or tablet, and when Mark Zuckerberg wants to convince you of the merits of letting him sell your soul to advertisers, there's a reason he uses the lubricious phrase “frictionless sharing” – it sounds so full of ease. The problem is that technology has an irritating way of making things more complex at the same time as making them simpler. And this is nowhere more evident than when it comes to trying to use it to get organised.