To -> done is a Todo app with no "todo list"
So how do you stand out? Well, how about removing the "list" aspect of the "todo list?" That's basically what To -> done does. It fits a very specific use, but it's so good at what it does, it's almost art. The workflow is simple: (1) Feed the application with "stuff you need to get done," along with a rough estimate of the time needed for each task. (2) Tell it, "I have an hour (or 15 minutes, etc), give me something to do."
To -> done will then spit one of your tasks at you, and tell you to get to it. You can then come back and mark it as done or incomplete. Once you do that, you go back to the screen where you can specify new tasks, or ask for one.
Some of the more notable aspects are:
- You never actually see a list. It's just one thing at a time, both when entering tasks and when getting them back. Lists can be scary.
- There are no priorities, no "contexts," nothing. The only thing you specify is how long it's going to take you. That's an incredible way for a Web app to stand out -- by doing less, but doing it very well.
- The task you are assigned is completely random. It's obviously not the most important one you have to do (since there is no way to specify priorities), and it may not be the newest (or oldest), but what's even more interesting is that it may take less time than what you said you have. Tell To -> done that you have one hour, and it may give you a 15-minute task (assuming you will come back for more).
- The design is stark and extremely simple. It's like a 37signals Web app, but it's stripped even barer. The only thing remotely graphical about it is the bar at the bottom.
- The URLs are human-readable. Once you're logged on, you can just go to http://todoneapp.com/do and get something to do.