Trusted Capture with Drafts

Recently I started playing around with different systems, making different changes to how I work. This should surprise exactly no one. Long story short, I’m reading Getting Things Done for the first time:1 not just passively reading and finding little hacks, but rather studying the material. I’m reading it very slowly; I’m using iBooks, highlighting passages and taking notes in various places on how it applies to me. So many people swear by the system, and I want to see what this system could do for me. With all that I have going on, I wanted to make sure that I have a handle on anything and everything that needs to get done.
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The Sum of the Parts

This summer opened my eyes to trying new things with task management. I had a great, wonderful system, and then split it in two. Then I tried Reminders instead, and loved it even more when I got my Apple Watch. And life as I knew it was going along just fine. Until something just felt off.

I couldn’t put my finger on it. I was accomplishing what I needed, and there wasn’t really a hole in my system. Life had just gone from chaotic to simplistic. And maybe that’s why things felt wrong. I can’t explain why, but it just didn’t feel right anymore. I’m sure it’s a bit of a sickness, but I have come to realize I need to have some complexity in my life.

So I started thinking of what to do next. Did I need to try a new system? I’ve tried OmniFocus, Things, Due, etc. and nothing really stuck, despite those apps being great in their own ways. I thought about what made the Reminders experiment so great: the simplicity. But yet, when I needed to look at everything going on, it was cumbersome at best. I tried to make something work, but it just felt wrong to me. So maybe it wasn’t a problem of the tools I have and what I’m using, but rather how I’m using them (or not).

And it’s led me to a strange, crazy place.
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Basic

Over the summer, I experimented with a lot of different app configurations. I tried too many task management apps to see how different things fared. I loved my solution, but I wanted to see what else was out there. Then I bifurcated my tasks and used two apps. Splitting my brain in this way was tough, but has been extremely rewarding.

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2Do Goes Free

With the latest update in the App Store, 2Do has gone free for 14 days, with an in-app purchase to keep pro features. But the big news here: if you’ve ever wanted to try the app out in its full capability can now do so to see if switching to 2Do is right for them.

Although I am happy to support developers — as I’ve probably purchased hundreds of dollars of apps — I’m really happy to see this type of change for productivity apps. So many of these types of apps need to have sustainable business models to keep them around, and are worthy of a higher price. But many users are hesitant to buy before they try. I like that these apps are starting to explore the try-before-you-buy model, and I hope that it brings more revenue to the developers that deserve it.

As I’ve written many times before, 2Do is the best task management system I have ever used on iOS, hands down. And I’m really excited about the potential of a big 4.0 release in the future, full of a long wishlist of new features.1

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to move to a new system, to try the best, now is your chance. What’s holding you back? Nothing now – go get 2Do on the App Store for free (to try). And if you like it, get the IAP, and support its continued development.


  1. Not that I would ever send that to Fahad. Nope. Not me. I wouldn’t send him a super-long list of things I’d love to see in the app, causing him to work night and day. Because that would be cruel. (Sorry Fahad. So sorry)