A ToDo list is a great way to get things done. The mechanism I like about it is that one can spend few minutes in planning what they want to get done, prepare an action item list, or a checklist and save it so that it can be referred to anytime later.
I’ve been using Keep by Google for several years and have not moved to anything newer. Gone are the days when using sticky posts around the monitor that made it look like you’re a busy office person. Not only that, but these sticky notes fall off from its place and you won’t remember where it fell off from. Digital ToDo lists are so easy and clear to work with, reorganize, group them, move them around and do a lot more easily.
I’ve heard from some that striking off a task that was done brings them joy. ‘Yeaaaahh! I’ve completed that. I’ve done it. It’s finished.’ – this feel of knowing that you’ve done a lot of tasks looking at the number of strikethroughs on each row – sometimes makes you want to take a break. Or you decide you’ve worked too much for the day. So there are several ways in how a ToDo list can help you plan and weigh the amount of work you do. You could be working on different projects, different deliverables and these lists work handy as a referrence to remind you on the things that you need not necessarily load into your short term memory. You get the feel that you are not forgetting anything and you are free to connect back the thoughts by looking at the lists anytime.
There are some downsides of using ToDo lists too, but it is totally upto an individual to decide how best it works for them. Research says, for some it leads to stress looking at a long list of things to do. But hey, as UX professionals, part of advocating for users, we know how to chunk information and keep the clutter away.