I hate productivity apps. I like apps that make me more productive. While that might seem like a contradiction, I promise you that it’s not. Productivity apps almost always force you to change your behavior. That doesn’t work for me, and it’s a failing point for many others. But apps like NowDoThis simply make you more productive by encouraging you via behavior you’re already using.
What is NowDoThis?
NowDoThis is the simplest to-do list application that you’ve ever used. You simply type out your list of things that need to be done, and a spartan web page shows you what you’re supposed to accomplish.
The idea is as simplistic as its execution. With typical to-do lists, you see your entire day’s tasks lined up in front of you. Every time that you glance over, it’s another chance for you to get sidetracked from what you should be doing right now in order to mark something off the list. NowDoThis pares the whole mess down to a single task at any given time. It stays right there in front of your face until you mark the task as done and then it displays the next one.
It might not seem like a big deal, but for those of us who love simple ways of making ourselves perform better, simple can be extremely powerful. If you’ve ever caught yourself in the rut of being too busy to get anything done, give NowDoThis a try and see if it works better for you.
Simple apps like NowDoThis pose a bigger question – as we see more single-use applications hit the market, are they helping you get things done? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.
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