As a technologist, I tend toward things current, edgy, and interesting. I must always struggle to pull myself toward more useful things, especially when it comes to tools. One can be so pre-occupied with process that one never accomplishes anything with the tools one evaluates.
Of course, it's not that simple. The tools you use may define how you accomplish your grand vision. They may even make the difference between success and failure.
As someone interested in hypertext, I'm also involved with the construction of new sorts of tools to help us do a better job at the grand visions we devise. It's a sacrifice one has to make, but it's a selfish one, since there's always the hope that you can someday use the tools of your dreams.