Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

the paintbrush isn't the painting

The response this week's lengthy post "How I Run My Day From the Keyboard" has been great. It had been a while since I sat down to dig into my workflows, and it felt good to walk through it and find the squeaky wheels. (Yes, that a mixed metaphor. I'm a metaphor mixologist. It's an overpriced mixed metaphor.)

To that end, there's been lots of terrific feedback on Twitter, it got picked up in How-To Geek's daily e-mail newsletter, and I've gotten some nice notes elsewhere about the principles I tried to lay out, and the tools I use to implement them. Big up /r/productivity for sending a lot of folks to the post, too.

Tools matter. Even though we should never lose sight of the fact that tools are instrumental--not essential--to our work, it's good to be reminded from time to time that opening up your toolbox can be fun. The paintbrush isn't the painting, but it sure is nice to enjoy using your paintbrush.

Thanks for the support, guys.