When’s the last time you heard one of your friends freaking out because they “like, totally blanked, man” on a term paper? Maybe you yourself have forgotten to do important things in the past, only to spend the next few days in a depressed state of utter despondency…
It’s a simple truth that humans forget things. Despite the fact that the brain is literally the most complex, powerful, amazing computational device in existence, we still can’t seem to remember simple things without external reminders. The brain is weird. You can remember the random folder on an old hard drive you saved your Tony Hawk cheat codes on when you were 8, but you can’t remember what’s due in class next Thursday. It’s like your brain is trolling you or something.
Due to this simple truth, countless throngs of smart people have attempted to create systems for capturing and retaining the things we need to do. The first such system was known as the Mother, which is still widely used today due to its tendency to never forget anything – even the stuff you don’t want to remember. However, due to some extraneous bugs in its programming, most people stop using the Mother task management system sometime before the age of 20.
Other task management systems were invented to help people cope with the other 5-7 decades left in their lives. Early on, people reportedly used paper planners along with pens or pencils, though this sort of task management system hasn’t been seen for a long time, and some think it never existed at all.
Writing on your hand was also a good system, but real systems only emerged after the advent of the computer. Presented with the ability to build complex applications using a well-defined language and solid logic, man decided to create a slew of task management systems that literally no one could understand. Seriously, I still haven’t figured out how to input my homework assignments into Disk Degfragmenter…
But, in time, we began to see some task management systems that actually worked. Systems like Toodledo, Producteev, and Wunderlist have robust options and let you manage every detail of your life. These apps are really powerful, and learning to use them well can really benefit you. However, they can be pretty complex – what if you just want something simple?
Say hello to Strike. This is literally the simplest task list you’ll ever use, and if simple is what you’re looking for, it’s probably the only task manager you’ll ever need. Strike doesn’t make you create a user account; nope, you just name your list and it generates a unique URL for said list. There you can add tasks, complete them, move them around or delete them. You can also print your list if you want. That’s it.
Of course, the fact that there aren’t any user accounts to bother with means Strike has one other cool feature by default: collaboration. Since each task list is managed via a unique URL, you can create lists of tasks for multiple people and simply share the link. This makes Strike ideal for group projects when you want a simple way to keep track of what needs to be done.
To keep track of your lists, just drag the URL to your bookmarks bar. If you tend to use a lot of public computers, you can use a bookmarking service like Pearl Trees to keep track of your lists. In fact, now that I think of it, creating a pearl tree for your Strike lists is basically a way of creating a user account for Strike. Alas, we’re getting away from the whole “simple” bit…
In the end, Strike won’t replace Wunderlist as my go-to task management app, but it’s a good alternative for people who want something that requires literally no thought to set up. If you’re one of those people, give Strike a try.