At it’s heart the todo app or list is just a listing of those items that you need to accomplish. Nothing could be simpler or cleaner when it comes to productivity – it goes on the list and you cross if off when it’s done.
So why is it that every time a solid option comes along to manage your todo list there’s a group that wants to “improve it,” by adding what I would consider just a bunch of unneeded bells and whistles to it?
They want to add things like,
- Due dates
- Location awareness (for the mobile versions)
Folks, those items shouldn’t be part of the tool you use to manage your list.
If the item as a due date, put it on your calendar.
If you need a reminder to do it, put it on your calendar.
Location awareness? I don’t need my phone to go off as I drive by the store to remind me to stop. I made a list of things I need to pick up – it’s why I’m there in the first place.
I’ve been that person that had to have every bell and whistle in the tool and after spending more hours than I can count I always come back to the mantra, “keep it simple stupid.”
- It’s why my desktop is just a void – no icons anywhere.
- It’s why my phone only has two home screens with two widgets and three icons.
- It’s why I use Gina Trapani’s todo.txt desktop and Android apps (it’s available on iOS as well).
Keep it simple and the tool will do the work you need it to do.
Do you like all the add-ons or do you like to keep it simple? Why not sound off in the comments.
Image from Todotxt.com