Alexandre Araujo

The Principles I use for Choosing Technology Tools

Technology has become an essential part of our lives, and as a developer, I’ve learned to rely on the best tools to stay organized and productive. In this blog post, I’ll share my principles for choosing the best technology tools that have helped me to achieve my goals.


  • Multi-Platform: When choosing technology tools, I always go for the ones that are available on multiple platforms - web, mobile, and desktop. This way, I can switch between devices without worrying about losing my data or changing my tools.
  • Long-Term Maintenance: I always look for tools that have a good maintenance track record and focus on long-term support. This means that I can set up and use them for years to come without worrying about having to migrate to a new tool just because the old one doesn’t work on the latest device.
  • Reasonable Price: While there are many free tools available, I prefer to pay for the tools that I use. This ensures that the developers have a direct revenue stream from their clients and are incentivized to provide long-term support and improvements to the tool.
  • Data Exportability: Finally, I always look for tools that allow me to export my data in a human-readable format. This way, I can keep frequent copies of my data and be free to migrate to a different tool if necessary.

Example: Todoist is a productivity tool that fits all my principles. Todoist is available on multiple platforms, including web, desktop, and mobile devices. It has a good track record of long-term support and regular updates to ensure it remains compatible with new devices. Todoist offers a reasonable price for its premium features, which I use to help me stay organized and productive. One of the best features of Todoist is its ability to export data in multiple formats, including CSV and JSON, which makes it easy to migrate my data to another tool if needed.


Image from @bramnaus

Do you have any technology principles that have helped you to master your tools? Share them in the comments below! And if you haven’t tried Todoist yet, give it a try and see how it can help you to stay organized and productive.