Not Another To Do List App: I Need Another Brain, or Lotus Agenda

Over the years, I’ve learned something about myself and productivity. I much prefer playing with my processes to actually getting things done.

Currently, my task management is divided between Things, and Wunderlist.

I love Things. I can’t give it up. I have hundreds of tasks in Things, many of which I will never do. However, it’s also packed with recurring tasks, and moving them to another app would be total insanity. It would take too long, and chances are I’d miss something… So, Things, and Wunderlist.

However, since I’m such a GTD slut, I like the look of Any.DO. This article, Any.DO Moment Pushes You to Actually Tackle Your To-Do List, points out:

“‘One of the things we learned is that in order for people to be really productive, they need to change task management into a habit,’ Omer Perchik, founder and CEO of Any.DO, told Mashable.”

I’ve already got the task management habit. That’s not the problem.

I’ve got another habit too — I tend to do what I want to do, rather than what I should do. Or maybe I’m being too hard on myself. I get my teaching and client work done, and I work on my books. However, managing everything I need to do is a huge pain. What I really want is an app which will pop up tasks automatically, so I don’t have to think about it too much. Left-brained thinking disrupts creativity.

Years ago, when I was still using Windows (shudder, pre-2005), there was a Windows app which was amazing. It worked out gaps in your work day. It would shuffle your tasks around, so that if you had 12 tasks to do in a day, it would magically organize them so that your day was planned out for you. It even gave you free time. If you got over-enthusiastic, and planned too much, it would let you know that you were aiming for the impossible.

I wish I could remember its name, because I WANT AN APP LIKE THAT NOW.

Or, going back decades to the good old days of DOS, I want someone to bring back Lotus Agenda. Why, in the 20 years since Lotus Agenda was released, has no one come up with something better? Lotus Agenda was a dream. Yes, it had a learning curve and a huge manual, but once you knew how to get information into it, Agenda planned out your day. It was like having another brain. A smarter, kinder, more logical version of yourself.

(Big sigh.)

If you’re a developer, consider developing something like the Windows application which shuffled your tasks, and make the best use of the time you had each day. It was brilliant, and I’ve never seen anything else like it. From memory, it called itself a “time manager” rather than a PIM, and was shareware, available from the late 1990s to when I stopped using Windows, in 2005.

Author: Angela Booth

Copywriter Angela Booth's clients tell her she performs "word magic." Whether she's writing advertising materials, Web content, or ghostwriting for her clients, she's committed to helping them to achieve results, fast. Author of one of the first books about online business, Making The Internet Work For Your Business, Angela's written many business books which have been published by major publishers. She's an enthusiastic self-publisher and writing teacher.