I remember back in school — my first to-do list was essentially a massive list of due homework listed on a piece of paper. Yea, no fun, huh? Fortunately for us, to-do lists have evolved so much since then to help us work more effectively, more efficiently, and essentially get things done.
First of all, they’re now digital, and you can find tons of wonderful to-do list solutions on mobile App Stores and all across the web. You can find many with useful features such as reminders, tags, and they can sync across all your devices (21st century essentials amirite?). To-do lists like Bounty Tasker on the App Store even spices up your to-do list by mixing in game elements, giving you good motivation to conquer your real life tasks as if they’re in-game quests.
Even so, there is also the other side of the coin — some people prefer the good ol’ way of writing their to-do’s on paper and physically crossing them out. It might seem more of a hassle to maintain a physical to-do list, but there’s a certain tint of satisfaction that comes along with it that many people find themselves drawn towards.
Now, you want to be more productive and get things organized. Are digital to-do lists better for you, or physical, handwritten ones?
Digital To-do Lists (Mobile & web apps)
Let’s take a look at the modern-day to-do list solution, and the benefits that come along with it.
1) Digital lists are easily accessible.
As mentioned before, many to-do list apps offer cross-platform syncing, which is super useful. Someone that is working on their PC can easily access their list on the web, and still refer to the same updated list on mobile when they’re on the go. And unless you lose your phone (which I pray doesn’t happen to you), your to-do list follows you everywhere you go.
2) Organizing your tasks is a breeze.
With a simple tap or an easy swipe, you can easily make changes to organize your to-do list.
Need to prioritize an important errand? Simply move a task to the top of your list.
Wish your tasks were more organized? Not a problem — simply apply some tags and sort them out.
Want to save time from rewriting daily chores everyday? Easy. Just use a daily task list (like in Bounty Tasker) and another to-do list for your one-off tasks!
Most of these won’t even take more than a few seconds, so it’s super easy to organize your list on an app.
3) With tech, innovative and helpful features will keep coming.
My absolute favorite fact about digital lists is that it’s tied with tech. Thanks to technological advancements, we get to enjoy sophisticated apps that better our lives. Many innovative features aim to help us work better, and definitely succeed in doing so. Perhaps in the future, we can access our apps even on our watches, smart devices, smart household items, and so on. The possibilities are endless!
Handwritten to-do lists
Old but gold. The classic to-do list method of writing tasks on a piece of paper and crossing them off one by one is still practiced, and well adored, by many. Let’s find out why, and if you would prefer going the classic route.
1) Physically crossing out tasks is satisfying.
Most people consider this the primary perk of having a physical to-do list. Being able to physically tick your checklist, or cross out a task, gives you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
It was your obstacle; now you have triumphed over it. Hurrah!
2) You have lesser risk of getting distracted.
It was your obstacle; now you have triumphed over it.On mobile, you have Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and a whole multitude of other apps that could distract you from the task at hand. Well, with a handwritten to-do list, there’s less risk of your attention drifting away into the world of online shopping, YouTube, and social media while you’re working on or being in between tasks.
3) Your eyes get to take a breather from a screen.
An underrated and often overlooked perk. When you have a physical to-do list, your eyes get to look at something other than a bright computer or phone screen when you’re at work, which is actually great. It can slow down the fatigue that eventually accumulates for the eyes over a long day.
I still can’t decide. So which should I use?
When it boils down to picking one, take your lifestyle into consideration too.
Will your list be mostly for work in a stationary place? Maybe a physical to-do list might be feasible without losing out on too many features that a digital one could offer. You also won’t have to carry around a piece of paper or an extra notebook everywhere you go. Plus, consider if you’d find satisfaction in physically crossing out tasks. That usually decides it for most people, so give it a thought.
If you’re a more tech-savvy user or plan to use your to-do lists for things more than just work, such as groceries, home errands, and more — a digital to-do list most likely will be the go-to choice. You can access your to-do list easily anywhere, anytime. On top of that, you’ll be able to appreciate the useful features that most apps provide, which are engineered to help make things better and easier for you anyway.
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