I have no problem admitting that I’m not very organized. I often find myself letting tasks drop, especially if they’re not part of my normal routine. It’s not that I’m lazy (sometimes!), it’s just that I forget what I need to do — or I remember everything at once and get overwhelmed by it all. I tried using project trackers like Planner and KPlato, but they seemed way too heavy for what I needed. Fortunately, I recently came upon a small project called TuDu.
TuDu is terminal-based, as are several of my other favorite applications, which means it is unobtrusive and can be left running in a screen session for quick attachment from anywhere. It supports nested tasks, making it easy to break down larger tasks into manageable sections. Schedule dates, due dates, and priorities can be used to keep the more important items at the top of the pile, and categories can be used to filter items for the chronically over-burdened.
Since I’ve started using TuDu, I’ve found that my productivity has (or at least has seemingly) increased. There’s a great sense of accomplishment to be able to mark an item as done. Just remember to hit ‘s’ frequently, as TuDu does not auto-save the XML file.