Do you do To do?

Please note: This post was written 7 years ago, which is an age in programming terms, so please don't treat this as gospel! I'll be updating all posts soon enough, but if you'd especially like this one to be updated let me know.

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In today's modern society, with the ever growing amount of information I find many people are turning to "To do" applications to keep track of all the little things they need to get done in their lives. I'm told they are a God-send; that they couldn't live without them, or that they don't know where they'd be without them. However every time I download one of these applications I find myself entering one or two items to the list and then never using them again.

I downloaded one application, namely Things for the Mac, the other day and entered a task, categorized it and looked around a bit and then exited. I must say I think the interface is beautiful and I admire the sleek design. However as I have found with so many of these applications I just couldn't integrate it with my work-flow. I work on two computers, and sometimes a third, however whenever I want to save a piece of information I just send myself an email.

Am I the only person that finds entering tasks into any application time consuming and detrimental to my work-flow? What is the purpose of these precarious, yet lovely looking, applications? Maybe I'm just not the target market. What do you think?

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