5 Reasons Why I've Switched to Slash

Tasks lists are divisive. For some, it's how they plan their year, write multiple bestsellers, and how they met the love of their life.

Not for me.

My to-do quickly builds up look like the hours of unwatched TV programs on my DVR. Promises of 'me-time' unfilfilled. Even when I cross an item off of the list, the other 9-no, let's be honest, -29 other to-do shake their fists at me saying "What about me? Where's my checkmark?"

In the early 2000s, software development moved towards agile methodologies; with them came the Kanban board. Think of a to-do list, typically with four lanes: things to do, things doing, things stuck, and things done. Tasks became cards and Post-It notes that were shuffled among the columns. It helped provide clarity on what was done, what needed more attention, and, importantly, prevent someone from taking on too many tasks at once.

Once people saw the success of the boards, there was a wave of apps and books to bring Kanban down to a personal levels. This worked for me for a while, but then I started having boards for various projects, and after a while, I was just managing the boards themselves. Plus I kept adding to the list of 'things to do' which started giving me the same stink eye as my unwatched TV programs. I needed something different.

I came across Slash in a newsletter toward the end of last year. My first response was "like we need another 'productivity app'. My current workflow wasn't working, so I thought it'd be something to try. Slash lets you try it out with 50 tasks which I found plenty. Here's a few of the reasons why I've stuck with it:

  1. Starting (slashing) a task, automatically record the time for you-no more worrying how long I actually spent on anything. I can also pause, restart, and skips tasks through my keyboard.

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  1. I can specify the amount of time I want to spend on a task by writing it. "Write for 30 mins" sets a 30-minute timer-great for stuff that needs doing but I want to spend the minimum time possible. Sheduling tasks is also possible, but currently can only do it on a daily or weekly basis.

  2. Each week I can set the tasks I hope to achieve. Each day, I can pick a subset of those tasks and add new ones. If I need to delay doing a task till tomorrow, I can and send it back on the week list, and it'll hold it for me, guilt-free.

  3. The rewards-this is slowly becoming one of my favorite parts of Slash. Everytime you complete a task an cool animated gif pops. Unlike the to-do list which scorns you for not completing everything, Slash feels like it's celebrating with you on whatever you achieve that day. At the end of day you get a random selection of 'treats', like "Plan a dinner" or "hug the first person you meet". One day, Slash, one day.

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  1. Stats-who doesn't love stats? The stats dashboard gives you a 3 day-6 month breakdown of tasks you've cleared, the time spent, and what your most productive days and times. I've found this really helpful for scheduling deep work pieces, or for scheduling watching that TV series I recorded 3 months ago.

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If you are looking for something that's like a to-do app-but with less judgment- check out Slash, and enjoy checking things off your list again.