Personal CRM
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Personal CRM

For the last 3-4 months, I've been looking for a CRM so that I can centralize all my communication. Texting, Messenger, email, Slack, Tinder, LinkedIn, etc. etc. It's a hot mess trying to keep track of all those. "Ohh, where did Sam message me again?" "Damn, I forgot to check my Instagram messages to see if Matilda messaged me back." "Sofia only has Messenger, right? I'll have to message her there." It's messed. 😝

I reached out to Jordan Harbinger (of The Jordan Harbinger Show Podcast) who is a Networking Guru and he said nothing like what I'm looking for exists. I searched a few Reddit threads and there were some hacks but didn't seem sustainable. I even asked my friend Gracie, who works at Hubspot, if one off individuals use Hubspot personally. And, call me crazy, I even thought about buying Hubspot for $500 USD a month. lol πŸ™ˆ

I was texting my friend Roger this evening and I realized, "Holy Moly. Rog figured the Personal CRM dilemna out!" Roger has simplified things. Rog only has 2 inboxes β€” Signal (text messages) and email. 🀯In comparison to me, I have to manage Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Bumble, etc. etc.

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Please note: Oh, and by the way, you might think I spend a lot of time on Tinder but I can assure you, the time does not at all correspond = love or hookups lmao 🀣🀣🀣 #AloneSzn

You might think Roger's approach is crazy and a bit extreme (it probably is) but with his system, Rog makes it really easy on himself. He isn't having to keep tabs on all these different, disperse mediums. He just checks email and texts. If people want to reach him, they have to self-select and opt-in to his preferred medium channels.

I think this is incredibly smart. I'm not exactly sure if or how I will put this into practice but it's really got me thinking, maybe I do need to get rid of FB and Twitter etc. etc. for good or, at the very least, schedule specific times on certain days when I check these other mediums but that's it.

"The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything." β€”Warren Buffet

People like to say that we are in the information economy or the knowledge economy. I disagree; we are in the attention economy.

Written: October 19, 2020

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  • Don't just consider the time spent on each of the apps. But also the switching costs between them. There's lots of "unmeasured" screen time.