You know that feeling when you’ve got multiple tabs open, including three different project management tools, and your computer’s fan sounds like it’s preparing for takeoff? 🚀
Yeah, that’s what I call application overload. ❌
Let me tell you; it’s like living on the edge of a digital cliff!
I’ve seen it all – a complete app circus. 🎪
At a previous company, we had Trello for some projects, Asana for others, and a sprinkling of Jira because why not make life more complicated, right?
Add to that…
👉🏽 Dropbox for files
👉🏽 Slack for chit-chat
👉🏽 And don’t even get me started on the chaos of using both Google Calendar and Outlook.
My desktop looked like a digital junkyard. ❌
Here’s a real knee-slapper for you.
We were trying to launch a new website, and I kid you not;
😥 The mock-ups were in Dropbox
😞 The copy was on Google Drive
😥 Feedback was coming through in an endless email chain
Sooo… guess what happened!
Steve, our designer, missed the part where the client hated the colour scheme because that feedback was buried in an email he never saw.
We were hours from launch. It was a mad scramble to fix it, all because our systems were a mess.
If you’re nodding along, it’s high time for a system spring cleaning.
First off, assess the mess. ✅
What’s doing what?
If you’ve got multiple apps doing the same thing, chuck the extras. ✅
And I mean really chuck ’em—don’t let them linger and eat up your computer’s memory like digital zombies.
Find one system that does it all, or at least most of it. ✅
These days, there are tons of all-in-one solutions. Let me tell you, it would be like stepping into a clean, air-conditioned room after wandering the desert.
And, if you’ve got some old, clunky software that everyone’s afraid to touch because Karen from Accounting has been using it since the ’90s—rip off the Band-Aid and update!
I promise Karen will adjust.
We swapped out an ancient invoicing system for QuickBooks, and guess what? Not only did the world not end, but we also got paid faster. ✅
So yeah, if you’ve got systems teetering on the edge, it’s not if they will crumble but when.
Do yourself a favour and Marie Kondo the heck out of your systems. 😊
Keep what serves you, and thank the rest for their service before showing them the door.
Sustainability & Profitability: Trust me, your sanity will thank you, and so will your bottom line.