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Using Astrid App (Again)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I'm a big fan of "to-do" lists and have used them all my life to be organized. I stopped using them about six months ago and have really noticed the difference in my productivity (or lack thereof). Yesterday, I decided to start using the Astrid App on my phone and computer again. It's a handy little app. It's amazing how it keeps me focused on what needs to be done.

Do you use a to do app? If so, which one do you like?

Yesterday, I blogged about how I needed to force myself to do some paperwork. My dear SparkFriend Floridasun commented how she actually enjoys it once she starts. It was enough to entice me to get in my study and start tackling the papers. I got a lot done...I stilll have a lot to do, but at least it's a start. My goal now is just to do 10 minutes a day. I can force myself to do anything for 10 minutes....usually if I just start, I get much more than 10 minutes done. It's a trick to get me in the study...but it works!

Wishing everyone a great Sparkday!

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    I've been using the reminder list on my phone and I find that makes me less stressed.
    I've used the kitchen buzzer to limit time on the computer and force me get moving.
    1942 days ago
  • BILL60
    I try to do daily to do lists.
    1942 days ago
    To do lists are a must for me...Gonna have to check out Astrid
    1942 days ago
    I have used the "just 10 minutes" trick for years and it still works for me! emoticon

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    1943 days ago
  • SHRINK71
    10 minutes of work is 10 minutes of work!!!! Great job getting things started! You will get through all of it.
    I am also a fan of "to-do" lists. So make those lists and get it done!
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    1943 days ago

    Do you have an Iphone or an Ipad. I know that you are a geek like me (and I mean no disrespect, I am proud to be a geek)! I use an app on my Iphone called AppsGoneFree. Every day they put out a bunch of paid apps that are temporarily free. These are full apps. Among the requirements, the app must have at least a three star rating and must be ad free. So they don't put junk out there (though some are clearly better than others). I have downloaded a bunch of free apps. Many of them are lists and productivity apps. There are some that remind you to do certain things if you are trying to establish a habit (i.e. drink water). I've gotten games, apps that let you print directly from the phone, PDF converters, fitness apps, and music apps (which have better controls than the Iphone).

    I have a note app called Note'd that in addition to making a note to yourself, you can attach a picture or add a voice-recorded message.

    The problem I now have is that I have so many of them that I think I need an app to organize my apps! But let me know if you want more info.
    1943 days ago
    Hi Kay, I loathe to do lists but I know I need them!!! On the weekend when I am scattered I usually stop and put a list together. I also stick to them while grocery shopping. Moni
    1943 days ago
    I avoided doing lists because my mother was obsessed with them and I didn't want to be like her. But, as with many things, I learned she was smarter than I understood.

    I work for a not-for-profit and am almost my own boss. The only way I can stay focused at work is to write lists, and they are fairly complex ones. I developed my own template with sub-categories, and spaces to specify the steps leading to the accomplishment of the goal.

    I don't write lists for my free-time. Still want to pretend I haven't turned into my mother.
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    1943 days ago
    My "app" is a pen and paper list. (smiling) But, yes, I am more productive when I use when. And I have most
    of my life.
    1943 days ago
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