Anyone who's got more than one thing going on in their lives needs a to-do list, even if it's only to remember to put out the bins. There is something very soothing about taking the time to order your thoughts, make a comprehensive list of what's to be done, at both work and home, prioritise it and then get stuck in, scoring off your achievements as you go.
In the busy environment that is Exmos, we've all got a lot to do but part of what sets us apart from the herd is our willingness to trial and test new products and ideas in our own commercial environment before recommending them to our customers. As an IT Managed Service provider, we've been searching for some time for a good To-Do list app that we'd recommend to our customers and, as we're also app developers, looking at how we would develop our own if we can't find it.
Thankfully, we're not foolish enough to think that there's a tech solution for everything because after our best efforts and testing just about every app on the market, we've come to accept that when prioritising our personal tasks, we all have different ways of doing it and there is no 'one size fits all'. Ironically, for most of us here a piece of paper and a pencil is all the to-do list we need, simply because it's the one thing that isn't held on our PC or laptop or phone. We don't have to minimise a window to see it or remember to launch it first thing in the morning; it's sitting on the desk, silently prompting with the merest glance that there are THINGS TO BE DONE. As long as we're keeping our lists up to date and on top of our to-dos we don't need alarms, pop-ups or calendar reminders that we'll eventually learn to disregard anyway.
One of the best things about a hand-written list is that it's something you can leave on the desk at the end of the day, instead of being something to check at bedtime so you can lose sleep thinking about the things you have to do.
In the end, it's all about what works best for you, whether it's an online app, pencil and paper or biro on your arm, all that's really needed is a place to hold your thoughts so your head doesn't have to.
Posted by Kirsty McIntosh on Wednesday, April 20, 2016