Like most knowledge workers, I spend about 8-9 hours everyday in front of my laptop. Most of the time I’m coding, writing, or consuming content (text/video).
Coding or writing — acts of producing something new — means crystallizing your thoughts. And you’d agree with me that any such activity is bottlenecked by the physical limitations of tools you use to convert your thoughts on paper (or the computer disk).
I have lost count how many times it happened that a fresh insight was completely lost because I couldn’t write/type it fast enough.
So I view at productivity tools not just as a means to race through my to-do list faster but also as a way to be more creative. When you can compress the lag between what you think and what you do, a new dimension opens up and gives rise to thoughts which haven’t been thought before – not by you and not by anyone else.