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Posted April 4th, 2010 by admin and filed in ListAppy, Software, Uncategorized

Why do we need another Todo Application?

Tasks do not come as individual or independent things that you just think up, act on and checkoff in your mind. Life is full of tasks and they come in lists. If you lay out your tasks, you will come up with a neat hierarchy of task lists.

Even successful people, from scientists to professionals keep track of their tasks, issues, todo items, checklists, even entire project lists in their head. This leads to stress, anxiety and overall decreased productivity. In today’s mobile lifestyle, it is sad that the situation has only become worse. Nobody has the time to create neatly organized lists in their traditional organizers, desktop computers or on their phones.

Several software tools promise to help these professionals by offering easy to use task list management applications.  Getting Things Done is an organizational method created by David Allen, described in a book of the same name. The author advices one to transfer things out of the head into another medium. Great advice.  The rest of the book describes a framework for managing your tasks. Allen is quoted by Wired as saying “the workings of an automatic transmission are more complicated than a manual transmission, [t]o simplify a complex event, you need a complex system”.

This is where I beg to differ. To simplify a complex event needs thinking based on a simple system.  A number of task list applications for desktop and iPhone claim to follow the GTD approach and thoroughly confuse the stressed and anxious professionals who are looking for simple solutions to manage their todo task lists. It is interesting to see the support for GTD by application developers, despite the widespread criticism of GTD’s complexity. Understanding GTD should not be a hierarchy of tasks clouding and distracting from the real tasks on hand!

ListAppy is an attempt to achieve the benefits of both worlds. A common sense, task list management application for your iphone and desktop that helps you organize your todo lists hierarchically.

  • The list itself can be a simple checklist or a project list with sublists.
  • There is no confusing contexts and perspectives to conform to a “complex” task management framework.
  • Create tasks in lists, assign priority and due date.
  • View the tasks in a calendar, or by searching.
  • Manage a single set of task lists at your home, office and on your iPhone or iPod touch device.

Not all todo applications are created equal. Some are more simple than others and some are more powerful than others. The combination of simplicity and power is what samurasolutions.com aims to deliver with ListAppy. Let us know what you think and after all the customer’s voice is what matters in the end.

Task list management is not an easy topic. To address every individual’s need to organize is ambitious, but what is it that works for you?  Assuming 80-20 holds, what do  the 80 want? Let us know through you comments.