"A good task manager application is one that can beat a .txt file."
Even though I was (am?) KOrganizer's maintainer I could never get used to its TODO view. It simply didn't fit my workflow. The only time I used it was when I was programming it. For my important stuff, I used a text file instead, and was happy.
Meanwhile I've been experimenting with the Pomodoro Technique to help me focus at work and thought it would be fun to create an hybrid between todo manager and pomodoro app in QML.
So, what do we need to make a better organizer than notepad ?
Here's the 5 ingredients I chose to put in flow:
Korg needs so many steps to add a TODO that people lose motivation.
Each task has a play button, click it, you're now in a 25 minute focus block.
"What kills productivity are the context switches, not farmvilling."
The key is to group related tasks, do all your non-productive tasks at once, preferably in pomodoro breaks.
When a co-worker asks you a favor, open flow and queue it. When the 25 minute focus block ends handle the tasks that you piled up meanwhile.
3. BLOCK DISTRACTIONS
Flow supports blocking distractions when a pomodoro starts (via a plugin system).
4. WHEN more important than WHAT
I found out that for me the first level of grouping should be about the "when". In flow there are two areas,
5. SIMPLE and LIGHT
So there it is, please give flow-pomodoro a try. I would also like to hear about your current KOrganizer workflow and if you feel it makes you productive or not.
P.S: While writing this blogpost 3 KMail and 2 gchat notifications were blocked and one facebook attempt was killed.