My Effectiveness: To do, Tasks



    My Effectiveness: To do, Tasks's review

    Published: 2013-11-04, by .

    Organize your life's goals using the Eisenhower matrix

    • Links habits with long-term goals
    • Incredible level of complexity possible
    • Organizes priorities in a way that makes sense
    • Lacks integration with other effectiveness apps
    • No companion web app

    "To-do list on steroids"

    To-do apps are a dime a dozen, but few invite the integration of short- and long-term goals the way MyEffectivenessHabits does. If you want to visualize how you might optimize your productivity towards what's really important to you, this is your app.

    The Eisenhower matrix, so named for the US President who originally designed it, sorts tasks based on urgency and importance. It's clear that tasks that are both urgent and important (the baby is wailing, the house is on fire, etc) receive top priority, but then most people tackle tasks that are urgent yet not important (an annoying person is calling you, there is a fly in the lab, etc). The matrix helps you visualize the priority that the less urgent but more important tasks should take (helping your kid learn to read, finally going to bartending academy, etc).

    The app does much, much more than simply give you a matrix template. If you make full use of its "habits" sections, you can define your goals on a staggering number of levels and begin to consider how they all interlink. On the ultra-macro level is a screen where you're invited to define your life's mission(s), from which you'll then derive your major priorities. Consider what various roles you play (like Partner, Confidante, Worker Bee, etc) and what influences and concerns you deal with. Once you've got these sitting in front of you, it should be much clearer to put together a list of goals that align with your values, and from there create a comprehensive action plan.

    The app can be incredibly complex if you'd like to use it that way - you can define schedules for accomplishing tasks and write copious notes for each and every item. It can also be used simply as an Eisenhower matrix for organizing what's immediately in front of you.

    It would be great to see an integration with other apps designed to increase effectiveness (such as Evernote). I'd also like a companion web app so that I could see my goals and plans laid out in front of me on a bigger screen.

    AndTek's MyEffectivenessHabits is one of the best to-do apps I've ever seen, linking your day-to-day actions with your long-term goals in a way that feels natural.

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    by Janel , Appszoom

    Nov 04, 2013


    A powerful, yet simple and logical productivity framework. Much more elaborate than usual todo/task apps. Helps you understand what to do, why you need to do it, and then do it.

    Like everything in life, requires some learning investment.

    The idea is:
    1. Write what is your mission in life.
    2. Write down what concerns you have and which ones you can influence - visualize them in the circles.
    3. Define your roles. Look at your life from different points.
    4. Set the goals you want to reach for each role. You can set long-term or short-term goals.
    5. Define concrete steps - actions. You can have a single step actions, or you can define complex, multi-level project, or simple checklists.
    6. Prioritize your actions using 2x2 matrix (a.k.a. Eisenhower matrix).
    7. Assign tasks to week days (use weekly planning). Use recurrences and reminders.
    8. Use Workodoro to fight procrastination (when you need to).

    + Define your principles with mission statement
    + Remove distractions with Influences/Concerns
    + Goal setting
    + Create a comprehensive action plan
    + Set your priorities
    + Put the tasks into Projects/Actions/Checklists
    + Manage tasks recurrences and reminders.
    + Use weekly plan view for week actions and week goals!
    + Concentrate on the next action
    + Fight procrastination with the Workodoro pomodoro timer
    + Keep your notes, thoughts, ideas nearby
    + Backup to and restore from Google Drive

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