Who Uses To-Do Lists?

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  • Tracks

    Tracks is a GTD™ web application, built with Ruby on Rails

    The most useful aspect of my to-do list system is that one of my monitors acts as a bit of a dashboard where my events in my calendar and items from my to-do list are written to the current wallpaper using Imagemagick. (Along with a five day weather forecast, my children's school time-tables and a bit of other stuff.)

    This way, the info is always visible (when I'm not using that monitor for anything else) so easy to look at at a glance.

    One of my to-do lists is simply a text file in Dropbox (so I can also edit it from my phone when not at home). I can also open it fast with a simple key-press on my computer. It tends to be the spot where, as soon as I think of something I have to do, I'll open that file, write a line for it and save it. Then I know it is out of my head and I don't have to worry about trying to remember it any more.

    The other to-do list I use is Tracks[0] running in a Docker container. This is used for more organised to-dos and particularly things that I have to do at a future date (currently my must far-flung to-do is for 2026). Things that are to be done down the track I'll also add a show-from date to (either on the day or a little before) so they they're not visible on the main page. I don't need to see them, and doing so only wastes brain cycles when reviewing the current list.

    Items in either a particular category, or are visible with a due date get merged in with the calendar for the next seven days and display with their own high-lighting on my wallpaper/dashboard.

    Been using this more-or-less for quite a few years now and feel it works quite well. I do have grandiose thoughts of moving to using Taskwarrior as I do have the occasional Trello board or Jira project I wouldn't mind integrating into a holistic miasma, but I would still like a good web interface similar to Tracks to visualise and triage. Could not find something I was comfortable with last I looked.

    [0] https://www.getontracks.org/

  • tasks

    Bringing Astrid Tasks back from the dead

    I've used a dozen of todo apps. This is the best I found: https://tasks.org/

    It allows you to snooze recurring tasks (unlike Google Keep), can hide a task from the list until its time comes, and a lot more!

    And it's free. But not available for iPhone.

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