Dedicated Tools

We all have a large number of multipurpose tools now that computers have learned tattoo, imitate telephones, and cameras and assistance, and GPS devices. When a device is able to be used in the large number of way, you cannot count on these not interfering with each other. They interfered less than they used to, but they still interfere. If you are a musician and you would like to use your computer for everything, including your music, you’re taking a chance. Because, as operating systems are operated, a new features are added, you may break features you were lying upon in order to do a performance. Even if it is not a performance that you are interrupting, but a recording session in your house or you have plenty of time to do things, it still destroys your momentum, and the mood, and therefore your productivity. If you want to be able to count on your tools to do what you expect them to do, you had better not be altering them for other purposes, and you had better contain yourself to a small number of dedicated functions.

You do not have to do this, if you are an amateur, or if you are retired, or if you do not value your time, or if you do not require momentum to get things done. But if you are an emotional person who state impact your ability to get things done, because you are trying to create emotionally relevant output and you are not a machine then you had better technology or it will manage you period and that means a bunch of people that you don’t know who decided to make changes to your tool kit can interfere with your life. And you will have never have met them, or get to yell at them when they mess up your FLOW, or congratulate them when they do a good job. The connection between who you are, and what you do is increasingly increased in terms of distance, and decreased in terms of responsiveness, all of which tract from having a meaningful existence.

There is a reason that musicians prefer to play the same instrument and performance that they have practiced upon. All people get used to certain tools and muscle memory can be easily upset by very small changes. Your habit of mental steps to get something done can also be upset by small changes. And since you cannot really get terrific at anything until it is fairly habituated, you are taking a risk by having a constantly changing platform. This is also true when you use online resources and use your interface has changed or something that you were accustomed to using. Sometimes it changes for the better and sometimes it changes for the worst, and there is a very poor mechanism for determining which this is if you are developer the feedback you get is some disconnected from the time you put in that by the time you get it, you don’t care anymore.

If you are a real person who really expects very quick feedback and results, it is best to stick to a standard set of tools and use them even though they can be used for many other things. Get another one to use for all those other things, and keep one dedicated to the task at hand. This means deliberately reducing degrees of freedom in your tool kit as a function of the task you want to accomplish. After all, what’s more important, your tool kid or your results? You might want to ask yourself that question often when tempted to make changes in your tool kit.