Good for — Daily planning, long term goals, daily/weekly/monthly reviews, and (optional) accountability partners.
Pros — Best daily planning tool I’ve tried, good design
Cons — $12 a month, doesn’t provide a holding pen for to-dos other than today’s, only website
About — Complice connects your daily to-dos with your long-term goals. You plug in your goals, then plan each day’s tasks under the big goal it furthers. It additionally prompts you with weekly and monthly reviews (and daily plans if you forget a day). You can add an accountability partner (must also be a Complice user).
Good for — Building and maintaining habits, tracking self-experiments
Pros — Free
Cons — Have to manually update each day, only comes as google doc
About — A google doc template spreadsheet where you can enter your habits or experiment to be tracked daily. Daily experiments and outcome variables can be tracked to check for rough correlations or results.
Good for — Motivating yourself to complete one time or weekly goals, creating a self-imposed deadline that feels motivating.
Pros — Simple to use, frequently effective at providing motivation
Cons — You lose money if you fail your goal, can be stressful to have more deadlines
About — Stickk lets you set a specific goal; a monetary penalty to a person, charity, or anti-charity; and accountability partners or referees. It can be a highly useful tactic when you want to self-impose a motivating deadline. For this reason, stickk goals often work well for self-directed projects or learning goals.
Good for — Incentivizing daily habits that you want to consistently complete.
Pros — provides extra motivation for daily habits or goals
Cons — You lose money if you fail your goal, interface can be clunky to use
About — Beeminder is helpful if there is something you really want to do each day with a measurable process, such as write 100 words or do 50 pushups.
Good for — Holding pen for to-dos
Pros — Free, clean design, can integrate with Complice, clear getting started instructions
About — Creates a hierarchy of lists which you can zoom in to view, mark complete, or tag with a date. It’s effective for storing to-dos until the future date when you want to remember them.
Good for — Holding pen for to-dos
Pros — Free, desktop/browser/phone apps, clean design
Cons — May eventually be phased out
About — You can put in hundreds of to-dos, organize them in lists, and tag each with a date. It’s effective for storing to-dos until the future date when you want to remember them.
Good for — Holding pen for to-dos, collaborating with teams
Pros — Simple version free, people who have teams seem to love it
Cons — Lynette has always found the user experience clunky and awkward
About — You can put in hundreds of to-dos, organize them in lists, and tag each with a date. It’s effective for storing to-dos until the future date when you want to remember them. Asana is also commonly used for teams.
Good for — Tracking broad uses of time on your computer.
Pros — Easy to set up, requires almost no time spent to use
Cons — Need to pay to get detailed information
About — RescueTime automatically tracks computer use in the background, making it easy to catch if you’re spending an hour a day on Facebook, etc.
Good for — Tracking where you spend your time.
Pros — Simple to use
Cons — Requires manually switching a timer when you switch tasks.
About — Toggle is super useful for periodic tracking to check for insights into areas to improve. You may also find it useful as a daily habit to track your time as a motivational tool.