Is Task Management Evil?

Wunderlist seems to be going the way of the dinosaur.

It was purchased by Microsoft a little ways back and as a result its life is ending.

Granted we don’t know when but the Wunderlist site says it’s going to happen.

Which means I have to find a new app.

So as I usually do, I made a list of requirements of what I am looking for and then started on my merry way downloading apps, reading reviews, researching and shopping for a new task management app.

In going through the process it became more and more apparent that task-based apps seem to create an undesirable effect.

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me, checking off a box every time you do something makes me feel kind of like a lab rat. 

Woke up this morning, check a box.
Ate breakfast, check a box.
Worked out, check a box.
Meditated, check a box.

The more and more I thought about it making lists and checking boxes isn’t really getting me where I want to be.

I have goals and desires and things I want to achieve in business.

Waking up every day and checking boxes isn’t the intended behavior.

I’m trying to get somewhere and the boxes aren’t doing it for me anymore.

While task management is all fine and dandy.

And there are several apps that do a great job.

Don’t get caught up in checking boxes and making lists.

You’re just creating noise in your head space.

The best way to reach your goals is to focus on your goals.

Make sure that your goals are crystal-clear.

Know where you want to go and how you want to get there.

And then and only then.

Take action on what will get you to your goals.


Apps are great.

But goals are greater.

Focus on the goal.

Then take action.


Keep track but don’t caught up in checking boxes.

In the end.  I ended up doing more goal refining and planning.

Still don’t have an app.

But my goals are much clearer to me.

And I know where my focus needs to be.