How many To-do Apps do we need?
The answer is clearly more and more than what we already have. Out of all the technologies my company overuses, it’s fucking to-do lists. We bounce between using Asana and Wunderlist DAILY. Workflow goes as follows:
“Hey did you finish the website design?”
“Yes, I checked it off on Asana.”
“I thought we were using Wunderlist…”
Yeah, I get it. We are shitty at managing things and the fact that we can’t get this through our heads is no one else’s fault but ours. I’m not here to complain about my crappy management skills when it comes to software. I am here to talk about the EXTENSIVE list of to-do list applications and how the market just wants more. For example, here is today’s Product Hunt feed:
As you can see a new version of a to-do app got more vote ups than Y Combinator, Medium Audio Stories and Uber. That’s impressive. I checked it out and wow. It looks fancy and a lot of fun to use. I can’t lie. This is why I believe people are so intrigued with to-do lists.
Although Things 3.0 does look pretty, it is very tame on new features. It is just a to-do list. How can we reinvent the wheel again and again?
For starters, let’s see what people will pay for these kinds of apps. I have created a list (ayyyy):
- Wunderlist — $72/year
- Todoist — $40/year
- Things — $50 one time payment / $10 on iPhone + iPad
No wonder to-do apps are so popular. People love paying for them. Any fancy visual or gizmo that is implemented will make someone ditch their old to-do app and try a new one. We need stimulation.
If you are looking for a to-do app then don’t worry. Zapier has compiled a list of the best 40 to-do apps so that you don’t make a vicious mistake in choosing the wrong one. Beware, don’t make your to-do an un-do.
Great news for us developers though. We can all collectively take a piece of the to-do pie! You don’t have to be a pro or intermediate programmer to even get started. A Google search isn’t even needed. Vue.js and Angular already have tutorials on their getting started page for you to just work on top of. All you need to figure out is how much you are going to charge for it.
I am not here to shit on the developers who have worked on all these apps. Realistically they are better devs than I am and put a level of passion into these projects. What I am really surprised about is how people still get extremely excited over to-do apps even though we have a crazy amount of them. Even when they are included in basic text editors, online services and dedicated websites.
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