Productivity: less is more

After using Todoist for managing my task list for more than a year, I’ve decided to change systems again1.

There’s nothing wrong with Todoist. It can organize tasks into projects, and tag them with contexts. It handles deadlines, integrates well with several mail clients and other programs. Syncronization between the desktop and mobile version works flawlessly.

However, Todoist interface somehow gets in the way between me and my task list.


I’ve switched back to Gina Trapani’s todo.txt, which is just a command line interface to a plain text file. Syncing can be done through Dropbox, and there are several apps available for iOS and Android. I’ve used todo.txt before, so its text interface feels natural to me2.

The first thing I’ve noticed is that now I’m relying a lot more on my task list to organize my day.

  1. I’ve used several task managers before Todoist: the powerful, full-GTD capable Omnifocus, Wunderlist, Todo, an Excel file… 

  2. If you don’t feel comfortable with the command line interface, there is an extension for Chrome that provides an UI. 

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