Use a simpler to-do list. If you love the idea of an online list of things you need to do, but never manage to actually use one for longer than the time it takes for you to add all of your tasks, Do It (Tomorrow) might work for you. With only two panels–one for today, one for tomorrow–it doesn’t get much simpler than this.
Some productivity tools have a nasty habit of making you less productive. For example: I’m a writer. When I need to write, there is nothing less appealing in the world to me than writing–even endlessly tweaking my to do list. It’s part of how I manage to be completely unproductive online.
If you’re as terrible as me, and even simple tools like Wunderlist offer you with too much opportunity to waste your time, you just might like Do It (Tomorrow). This incredibly simple app lets you make a to-do list, then decide what you want to do today and what you want to do tomorrow. Can’t finish everything? Put something off until tomorrow, if you have to–but no longer than that.
Simplicity is your friend.
Setting Up Your List
Getting started is simple: just head to Tomorrow.do. You can register, if you want, or you can get started with your to-do list and register later. Your tasks will sync either way.
Like I said earlier: there are only two columns. One is for today and one is for tomorrow. Add the things you need to do, and you’re done.
You’ve got your list, now get to work. When you finish a task, cross it out by clicking it:
If you get to the end of the day but didn’t finish anything, don’t panic: simply click the arrow beside the task and more it to tomorrow. After all: tomorrow is another day.
If you’re fired from your job and suddenly have fewer tasks, you can quickly remove things from your task list by clicking the “edit” button. From here you can easily delete tasks:
As you might expect, there isn’t much in the way of options built into this simple to-do list. You can change the font from handwritten to a standard typeset, and decide whether or not you’d like to stay logged in.
You can optionally sync your settings with Google Tasks, but doing so will cost you $1.99.
You’ll find links to iOS and Android apps at the website. If you use those phones, and like this app, be sure to check them out.
Q. Why do technology bloggers spend so much time writing about productivity?
A. I can’t speak for everyone, but I work on the Internet, full time. The line between what’s a distraction and what’s actual work is very thin, and it’s easy to lose time if you don’t set goals and reach them.
Q. Will a to-do list like this help me focus?
A. It will, at the very least, give you realistic goals to reach each day–and that can’t hurt. The Pomodoro technique can also help, but ultimately you’re just going to have to make yourself work.
Q. Will this FAQ include a confusingly self-referential plea for readers to leave comments, preferably linking to any other great to-do apps they may know of?
Q. Wait, was my question the confusingly self-referential plea?
A. This is getting silly.