TECHNOLOGY HAS GIVEN us one-tap access to taxis, laundromats, all of history’s collected information, and sex. Yet it can’t give us a decent to-do list.
Most of the myriad to-do list apps are fine. Some of them are very good. But none of them has ever solved my problem — your problem — of having too much to do, too little time to do it, and a brain incapable of remembering and prioritizing it all. Which explains why the old ways remain so popular.
I’ve tried a number of to-do apps and approaches over the years, but they never stick. Some are very well designed, but they end up requiring far too much management and interaction. I’ve gone back to using my email inbox and my calendar to manage my work tasks. I’d be tempted by a paper-based solution, but, even though I work at home, I sometimes want to see what I have to do next on my iPhone.
Now, you may read this and say that it’s my fault that I haven’t been able to adapt to a to-do app. And you may be right. But I think I’m not alone, as this article says. Any suggestions for a different way to do to-dos?