Finding the Best Task List

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A few years ago, I realized that my handwritten lists of to-do’s were no longer cutting it. I was feeling overly stressed all the time and never knew what to work on next. Even worse, I didn’t know when deadlines were approaching, so I constantly felt as though I was about to drop the ball on something important. It was chaos. I decided that I needed to find a task list.

I googled the term “task list” and found a bazillion results. That overwhelmed me even more. I asked a few friends for recommendations and ended up signing up for one of their picks. It took me a little while to get the hang of it (the interface was pretty unintuitive), but I stuck with it and, have to admit, it was definitely a step above the handwritten to-do lists.

But it still was lacking in one key way — I could sort either by priority or by due date, but not by both at once. So I was constantly having to switch between the two sort methods to be sure that I wasn’t missing anything.

I decided I needed something more robust. But the next option I tried was too robust. “How so?,” you ask. “Isn’t bigger always better?” In this case, no. While this second task manager (it was a manager and not just a list) was plenty powerful, it was so complicated that learning how to use it properly had ended up as another thing on my already-too-long to-do list.

Where’s the middle ground? Something that sorts by a combination of due date and priority but isn’t ridiculously difficult to learn? It didn’t exist.

So, I decided to build my own task list.

Task Yak (my new list) is the perfect in-between: It’s very easy to use but still smart enough to sort results in a way that allows you to see, at a glance, what you need to be working on next. There’s no more feeling overwhelmed about all the items on your list; you can just focus on the top and trust that what’s there is what you need to be working on right now.

This probably sounds like an overzealous sales pitch, but it’s not. I really do feel more in control (and less chaotic) since starting to use my new list.

And, because it was working so well for me, I decided to make it public in the hopes that it can help others — you — take control of your own tasks and get them into order. Check it out. I think you’ll like it.