Do current to-do list apps not work for you? Try these task managers that are taking a different approach to make you productive.
Have you tried all the to-do list apps out there and nothing seems to work for you? Try these task managers that are taking a different approach to make you productive.
Thelike Todoist and Any.Do offer a range of features for the traditional task list. But if you’ve not seen any increase in your output after trying these, it’s not your fault. When it comes to productivity, different methods work for different people. If you’re still searching for a system, try these unconventional to-do list apps to manage your tasks.
1.(Windows, macOS, Linux): 24-Hour Disappearing To-Do List
We divide our day by our sleep cycle. From the time we wake up till the time we go back to sleep, tasks crop up. Some are long-term tasks, but many (if not most) are just things you need to do today. Add those in Today, and the app will auto-delete them all every midnight (or whenever you set it to).
You don’t need fancy features like deadlines and reminders for such tasks. What you need most is a place to jot them down once, and then forget about them. Today is a simple offline desktop to-do list, where you can quickly add tasks as they come up. Cross them out as you finish. And if you don’t finish them, they’re going to be gone forever, so maybe you’ll realize they weren’t that important anyway?
Today is also a wonderful way to tackle to-do list overwhelm. If you have too many unfinished tasks left, the list itself feels so daunting that you’re paralyzed into inaction. So use Today in addition to a separate to-do list app. Pick tasks from your main app and add them to Today, along with other things that come up, thus saving your brain from the crushing weight of “too much to do.”
Download: Today for| | (Free)
2.(Web): Timed Task List to Divide Your Work Day
Sometimes, making a to-do list is the easy part, but what you actually need to figure out is how much time to dedicate to each task. If you’re all about scheduling tasks into a calendar, then. If you just want a simple app to assign a certain amount of time to your tasks and get through them one by one, then Quick Schedule is what you need.
In Quick Schedule, you have to write a task and assign it an amount of time. So let’s say the tasks today were to code for two hours, work on the logo for one hour, and practice the elevator pitch for one hour, you have those three tasks ready. When you’re ready to work on any one of those tasks, start the timer. Work till the timer dings, knowing you’ve accomplished your goals.
The default variables are one, two, three, and five hours, but you can set custom time intervals with 15-minute increments. You can also assign tasks to other days on the calendar, so in case you don’t finish today’s list, just assign the task to tomorrow.
3.(Web): Perfect Implementation of the Eisenhower Matrix
Theis one of the most popular ways to prioritize your to-do list. Baller ToDo has implemented it perfectly in the form of an app, and even allows you to change the parameters.
By default, it shows you a board with a four-quadrant matrix, with the two-axis as Impact and Urgency. Click anywhere on a quadrant to add a task. Drag and drop tasks to put them in different spaces as the task’s priority changes. You’ll see all tasks by category in a list on the side. It’s simple and perfect.
Baller ToDo lets you use the app locally in your browser, without sending any data online. Alternatively, you can log in to create multiple boards, changing the axis of “Impact” or “Urgency” as needed. The paid version even lets you share boards with other users and collaborate on tasks.
The one thing missing in Baller ToDo is that you can only change the two axis, you can’t individually customize each quadrant. So matrix variations like “Do Decide Delegate Delete” don’t work with this. Hopefully, that’s a simple change they can introduce in future updates.
Have You Considered Multiple To-Do Lists?
All these task management and to-do list systems have their own champions, each claiming one is better than the other. The onus is then on you, the user, to pick one. But that’s crazy. What rule book says you have to pick one to-do list system?
You could use different systems, apps, or a combination of them for different things. Nothing is forcing you to group all your tasks into one app or method. The only thing that matters is actually getting things done, and the systems and apps are just a way of getting there.