There’s something missing from my to-do app that’s preventing me from fully embracing the tool.

Physically crossing off an agenda item on a to-do list can be an immensely gratifying feeling. A striking and aggressive action that gives you the ephemeral thrill of accomplishment.

The passive tap of “complete” on a modern productivity app just doesn’t replicate that feeling. It feels synthetic. I complete an activity, lightly brush a button and the task disappears from sight. Out of sight, out of mind.

I enjoy chaos in my structure. The struck-through “have done’s” and the unblemished, looming “to-dos” tangled on a single page. A messy and aggressively crossed-off list works as an active, visual reminder of my accomplishments while passively nudging me to take on what’s next.

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