NowDoThis: The Perfect (& Free) Minimalist To-Do List

A lot of people toss around the term “minimalist” these days as they try to describe very simple (or simplistic — in the case of our trusty Patrick Star) design. When stripping away the aesthetics and meaning to its bare minimum, the designer mustn’t sacrifice performance and usability. This task is harder than it sounds. There are few who get the final product just right. After the jump we’ll show you a free (and ad-less) online to-do list that marries form and function in a very understated and straightforward manor.

NowDoThis is the brainchild of Jakob Lodwick and William Cotton. Born from the idea of taking tasks one step at a time, NowDoThis is a line-by-line to-do list that lets you eliminate as you go without going before you eliminate.

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You first enter the tasks you’d like to complete into a list. After saving the list you’re presented with your first task. When you complete the task click “done.” which then displays the following task. Once all tasks on your list are completed you’re greeted with the friendly “all done!” notification. Additionally, you can create tabbed list sets by designating an "@" before the title. Their blog describes this process. The site works extremely fast as it operates in Javascript and will remember your place if you leave the page and later return to it.

This isn’t the be-all, end-all of to-do lists. Different tasks/schedules are going to require different programs. We like this one because it is free, easy to use, and straightforward: no cutesy web 2.0 graphics, huge, san-serif typefaces telling you how to operate it, or bulky software clogging up memory.

If NowDoThis doesn't work for you, here are some other ways to approach your daily tasks: