If you could have an application, a product or a service do one thing, what would it be?
Let’s narrow the scope a bit. Let’s limit ourselves to information management, something along the lines of what an application like Journler does. Maybe something these kinds of applications already do that is essential for you, or something you’d like them to do.
What would it be?
Let’s imagine this one thing is eminently usable, providing enough value that it could exist as a standalone product or service. This isn’t just a feature; it’s a fully fledged product. If the application did this one thing and nothing else, you’d still use it. And let’s not worry about whether you’d pay for it or how much it might be worth, only that you’d make it a part of your routine.
What one thing would you use all the time?
But let’s not limit ourselves to a particular platform. Maybe it’s an application, maybe it’s something built right into the Finder or the OS. Maybe it’s a web service or even just a Chrome or Safari extension. Maybe it’s a mobile phone application. Maybe it sits somewhere between these and connects them together. It might even connect to or fully be in the physical world.
Just one thing. What does this product do that is so useful to you, wherever and however it does it?
Finally let’s be careful to keep it one thing. It’s easy to get carried away and one thing becomes two things becomes four becomes many things. “Well I’d like to be able to share files and control who has access to them and how long they can be shared.” What about simply share files: “I want to right-click a file and share it with another person.” Sure there is underlying complexity but we can worry about the details later.
One thing. If you could have a product or a service do one thing that helped you manage the information in your personal or professional life, what would that one thing be?