These apps may not be a dime a dozen, but I’m sure I can find a dozen and you can keep the dime. No, what we all want and need is an app that’s easy enough to use that it gets used, yet helps us focus on what needs to get done. Now.
What’s In A Name?
Every Mac and iPhone user has immediate options to help get things done by creating events in Calendar, or adding todo items to Reminders (or, something simple like Stickies, if you’re so inclined).
Those apps work, of course, but only if you have the discipline to use them, and many users outgrow Reminders, but are befuddled by the complexity in Calendar.
You need a digital friend. No, not Siri. Eisenhower. As in President Eisenhower of the 1950s? Well, kinda sorta.
At the very base of basic levels, Eisenhower is an elegant time management app that lets you prioritize todo items by urgency and importance. Hey, it worked for General Eisenhower.
The four point matrix is instantly learned.
Think of tasks as Do First, Schedule, Delegate, Don’t Do.
On each Eisenhower todo sheet you can manage up to eight different tasks. Some tasks may remain open.
The focus mode is particularly effective as it lets you focus on very urgent and important tasks, even using a timer if you wish, including a ticking sound.
You’d be surprised how that simple background ticking sound can spur you into action.
Other tasks can be scheduled for later, or delegated to others for assignment. Reminders for each can be placed in the calendar or sent via email.
Priorities change, right? Eisenhower is smart enough to let you change priorities, so an urgent task becomes less urge (perhaps because a less urgent task must be done now).
There’s a free web site for Eisenhower online, and the apps can sync data so it’s always available and always backed up. If traditional todo list managers, and task managers, don’t do the job, Eisenhower might because it’s actually simpler to set up and use.
The only issue I have faced in using Eisenhower is the discipline required to follow through and actually work on what I scheduled to work on when I scheduled it. Discipline. It’s a wonderful thing.