3 Benefits of Using Simple Apps and Tools (Instead of Complex Ones)
Today, it’s possible to find a huge number of different apps and tools out there, tailored to a variety of particular use cases, situations, and requirements.
At the best, these apps and tools can really help to improve your life, reduce sources of stress and frustration, and can ensure that you have the best possible ability to bypass common daily obstacles.
Knowing how to digitally sign a pdf via an online service may, for example, spare you a lot of busy work.
At the same time, though, many of the apps and tools commonly used err a lot more on the side of complexity than they maybe should, and can therefore end up being sources of stress and irritation in and of themselves.
Here are some benefits of using simple apps and tools – instead of complex ones.
You can focus on the task itself, without the tools getting in the way
When the app or tool you’re using is simple and “just works,” this gives you the opportunity to focus on the task itself much more substantially, as opposed to having to focus on wrangling the tool in order to make sure that it does the right thing, in the right way.
Generally speaking, the major convenience factor for these sorts of apps and tools really comes from the fact that they can help to remove obstacles that get in the way of you completing a task quickly and effectively.
If you’re using a highly complex task or project management app, however, there’s a good chance that just managing it will become an intricate and exhausting discipline in and of itself, rather than something that simply helps to make everyday life more focused and straightforward.
Simple apps and tools are often more motivating and fun to use
Simple apps and tools often provide a significantly more pleasurable user experience, often with better aesthetic features, and a “Zen” sense of satisfaction that comes from using the service itself.
In the context of the modern tech landscape, a big part of the success of Apple has been precisely the fact that they have traditionally emphasized a relatively high degree of simplicity, which has then allowed them to focus more on consistently user-friendly features that many people enjoy using.
Excessive complexity generates stress, and there’s already a lot of complexity in modern life
The modern world is full of complexity in a variety of different ways, ranging from the amount of information we all get bombarded by on a daily basis from various media sources, to the increasingly complex professional landscape and its norms and requirements.
Essentially, though, excessive complexity tends to generate stress, and this is in no small part due to the fact that the more complex things are, the more mental and emotional energy and attention they end up demanding of us.
Simple apps and tools can be a relaxing alternative to the complexity we so often have to contend with.