To do lists: I love (and need) them :-)

OK I admit it. I’m a bit of a stickler for detail. Oh and I hate mess. The end result drives my wife mad. Minimalism rules as far as I’m concerned, and that goes for my whole life. Whilst others may rely on pure brainpower to remember to do things, my to do list is online. There’s no scruffy scraps of paper littering my desk.

My Todoist productivity report
My Todoist productivity report

My tool of choice is Todoist. It’s an easy to use to do list app, that has some useful organisational functionality. Some of them are even available in the free version. I use the premium version, which at less than £3 a month is a steal. Among the most useful benefits for me are:

  • Adding taxonomy by adding labels to tasks.
  • Adding comments and file attachments.
  • Creating custom task filters to focus on important tasks.
  • Creating tasks directly from my email client.
  • Synchronizing my task list across multiple devices.

Anyway, enough of the sales pitch. What I wanted to share was Todoist’s statistical analysis of my 2017 productivity.

They sent my a report that is pure nectar for someone like me. It’s full of detail of how many tasks I’ve completed, what days and times of the day I’m most productive, and even the days I postpone or reschedule tasks the most. Yes even someone as organised as me (ha!) can run out of time to do  everything I want.

I won’t bore you with the report’s detail, but the end result of all the backslapping is that I’m among the top 1% of Todoist users in 2017. The exact number of Todoist users seems to be a closely guarded secret, but a smart guess is in the millions.  So if there are two million users, I’m among the top 20,000 for productivity.

Perhaps I need to start recording my productivity. Oh and add a recurring task in Todoist to remind myself to do it 🙂

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