To-do apps are a dime a dozen, but few invite the integration of short- and long-term goals the way MyEffectivenessHabits does. If you want to visualize how you might optimize your productivity towards what’s really important to you, this is your app.
The Eisenhower matrix, so named for the US President who originally designed it, sorts tasks based on urgency and importance. It’s clear that tasks that are both urgent and important (the baby is wailing, the house is on fire, etc) receive top priority, but then most people tackle tasks that are urgent yet not important (an annoying person is calling you, there is a fly in the lab, etc). The matrix helps you visualize the priority that the less urgent but more important tasks should take (helping your kid learn to read, finally going to bartending academy, etc).
The app does much, much more than simply give you a matrix template. If you make full use of its “habits” sections, you can define your goals on a staggering number of levels and begin to consider how they all interlink. On the ultra-macro level is a screen where you’re invited to define your life’s mission(s), from which you’ll then derive your major priorities. Consider what various roles you play (like Partner, Confidante, Worker Bee, etc) and what influences and concerns you deal with. Once you’ve got these sitting in front of you, it should be much clearer to put together a list of goals that align with your values, and from there create a comprehensive action plan.
The app can be incredibly complex if you’d like to use it that way – you can define schedules for accomplishing tasks and write copious notes for each and every item. It can also be used simply as an Eisenhower matrix for organizing what’s immediately in front of you.
It would be great to see an integration with other apps designed to increase effectiveness (such as Evernote). I’d also like a companion web app so that I could see my goals and plans laid out in front of me on a bigger screen.