# Effective tool circumvents human limits

Humans are constrained by biological limits, and one way we could circumvent these limits is by the use of tools. Usain Bolt can’t outrun a domestic cat, but you could be faster than a domestic cat by riding a bicycle.

# References

Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes (p. 20).

And if I were forced to boil it down to a single bullet point, it would be this: We need a reliable and simple external structure to think in that compensates for the limitations of our brains.

Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes (p. 29).

Good tools do not add features and more options to what we already have, but help to reduce distractions from the main work, which here is thinking. The slip-box provides an external scaffold to think in and helps with those tasks our brains are not very good at, most of all objective storage of information.