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ToDontList for iOS

By Donald Roos Free

Developer's Description

Creative people have many things to do and even more ideas. But most of these never get done, and even brilliant ideas never see the light of day. Why? If you ask a creative person, the answer will always revolve around time. We simply need time to execute an idea (and do it well)more time than we have.

The ToDontList App supports you in making the hardest choices: what will and wont you do.

How it works

You have 3 lists a Do list, a Done list, and a ToDontList. You can only put 3 items on your Do list. The rest of your to-dos automatically go on your ToDontList.

When youve finished a task, the corresponding to-do will be transferred to your Done list (giving a nice sense of accomplishment). This will leave space for a new item on your Do list, which will be added from your ToDontList.

Tasks remaining on your ToDontList for longer than 3 months automatically disappear, without notification. After all, if they had been important enough, you would have done something about them by that time.


Once a psychologist was invited to the Pentagon to give a workshop to generals on time management. He asked the group to each write down in 25 words what their strategy had been so far for managing their time.

Nearly all generals already hit a wall there. 25 words were too little. The only one who succeeded in completing the task was the only female general at the gathering. She came up with the following strategy: First I make a list of priorities: one, two, three, and so on. Then I cross out everything from three downwards.

What the general had done was turn her to-dos into to-donts. She placed all her to-dos on a to-dont list and only chose three to-dos to complete. Anything below the line would simply not get done. This gave her more time to do those 3 things well.

Just like the general, you can only place three items on your DoList. The other items stay on your ToDontList.

This generals method is a simple, but extremely effective way of making choices. It inspired this app, which in turn inspired a book (Dont Read This Book, Time Management for Creative People).

Creative Credits

Idea & Design by Donald Roos

App Development by Frank van der Peet

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.4


Release August 10, 2020
Date Added August 10, 2020
Version 1.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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