The Digital To-Do List

6.19.2013


Never be "too busy to write a to-do list." It's just flawed logic, as I learned last week when I left the pages of my planner blank because I couldn't be bothered to take five minutes to write a list of to-dos (that, and my planner didn't fit in my current handbag of choice... excuses excuses). I spent a good part of the week wasting my free time on frivolities (welcome to my life, Jewel Mania!) and then rushing around like a madwoman trying to remember where I had to be and everything I had to do before the weekend. I ended up feeling busier than I actually was and getting fewer (useful) things done.

(Okay it might also be flawed logic that if I don't write something down on my to-do list, it's as if that task never existed in the first place... out of sight, out of mind, right?)

This week, I decided to be uber-productive. Rather than ban myself from my phone and its Tetris-like offerings, I downloaded a free app called Astrid, which organizes your tasks by due date. It also allows you to categorize your tasks into customizable lists and receive email reminders on the due date of each task. I'm a pen-and-paper gal at heart, so I transfer all of my electronic to-dos into my good old-fashioned Moleskine planner. Nonetheless, this app is handy when I'm out and about, planner-less, and suddenly remember something I have to do. And ticking that checkbox is just one more incentive to get on the phone in the name of an overdue teeth cleaning...

Any other productivity apps out there that you love? Please do share!

9 comments:

  1. I was using the "Errands" app for a while but am currently working from old school pen and paper. Errands is good- you can pick your own icons for multiple lists- Santa is staring back at me from the Xmas presents ideas list. That makes me sound waaay organised, but actually it's a list from last year...

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  2. omg I love to-do lists! I've used them ever since I can remember...I'll have to check this app out! I've just been using the notes app to make lists lol. Thanks for sharing, Ellie!

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  3. I swear by to do lists, if I don't open mine at work in the mornings I'm lost. I really need to start using my phone for this stuff too x

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  4. Digital to-do lists have become my go-to, they're so handy. I really should download an app for it though. I generally just do them in a draft text and end up accidentally sending it to someone or losing it in my draft folder - would not recommend!

    x

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  5. I have an app like this it's amazing!!!

    http://what-alice-did.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. I hate not having a to-do list. I feel so lost if I don't write everything down. I usually just put in my notes on my iphone because I haven't found a good note app yet, but I'll check out Astird as it looks like something I'd use and it seems simple! :)
    Madeleine In Wonderland
    Xx

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  7. I love using to-do list app too, otherwise, I'd never remember to do anything.
    I also like to use shopping list, so I remember what to buy.

    Kah-Feh Yen

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  8. I am obsessed with writing everything down, I never check or use my phone haha! But I am obsessed with writing lists :)

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  9. LOL, I also use Astrid and sometimes she bugs me to do things and I have to tell her to go away!!

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