These three characteristics have caused me to spend years downloading task list apps… and later deleting them:
- Tools should do at least one thing exceptionally well.
- Good design looks as though it was designed to be pretty when the design actually revolves around functionality.
- I have a bad short term memory.
A big part of quitting our jobs to live abroad a year ago was that I wanted to learn to code. I reached a point where I could code well enough to create the first version of what I always thought a task list should be and set out to build it. It’s called Do.List and it does “lists” quite well.
- What it does exceptionally well: It focuses on the “do” part of Do.List. Lists are supposed to help answer a question: “What do I need to do?” Having too many lists buries the “do” question, so I built Do.List to revolve around maintaining the two lists that matter:
- Pretty design that actually revolves on functionality: Where does something go if you can’t do it today or tomorrow? It goes in “Do Later”, waiting to be sent to Today or Tomorrow. And all this design fails if the “Do Later” list becomes so long that it’s not useful, so how do we protect it? We keep it full of stuff that will get done soon and give the long term tasks a home that’s out of the way:The desire to manage Today, Tomorrow, and Do Later exceptionally well lead to an architecture that moved everything else out of the way.
- Solving for bad short term memory– So now on Saturday morning I can sit with my coffee and setup my task list for the day, likely letting some things flow into Sunday. On Sunday morning the app will ask if I want to add my “Tomorrow” to the remaining “Today” list. Nice and simple.
So in short, I worked hard on learning to code so I could get a version of this out there. If you use list apps, please download this one and give it a try. If you like it, a good review would be greatly appreciated. Reviews can make or break an app. Thanks!