We’ve thought a lot about task tracking here at WeAchieve. In fact, two previous iterations of our site had task tracking built into the platform.
On our new platform, we’ve removed it in order to make the platform more cohesive for the user and simpler for us as developers. And frankly we don’t feel like we’ve still found the right way to combine habits & routines (our focus) with one-off tasks in a way that really works for people.
And we may not. The fact is that task tracking is done in many varied ways already – it’s a fragmented market where pen and paper holds a sizeable share, and a blank text document can work about as well as some of the apps designed specifically for this, like the Apple Reminders app or Todoist. People want really different things when it comes to a to-do list, and typing it often is already too much overhead.
Adding in Accountability
The thing is, I’m an expert procrastinator. Like, I’m really good at it. And WeAchieve is my method of ensuring I get to things each week rather than letting them sit for months on end.
As such, I have started a hybrid approach for task tracking using pen and paper for the meat of it, and WeAchieve for the analytics. It’s early, but I’m optimistic about the results so far. Here’s how it works:
Basically, each day has one piece of paper as a to-do list, but combining Saturday and Sunday into one. At the end of each day, I close the ledger. I tally up the sheet and record two numbers in WeAchieve: # of tasks on the list and # of tasks completed. Then I carry over any tasks still to be done to the next day’s list, and it all starts again!
What WeAchieve adds to this is only the two numbers of data entry – otherwise this mirrors a fairly common way of handling daily to-do’s. But for those with a penchant for procrastination, this is essential as a way to quantify the problem and measure improvement.
Ultimately there will be some cool analysis that I’ll be able to get from this: daily and weekly task completion rates, and set some targets as I get a sense of what is reasonable.
It’s still a bit early to report how this has been going (and I’m a bit shy to share the extent of my procrastination), but we will follow-up on how this approach has been working and any other useful tips on how to make the process work.