“You should really upload (X), it really changed my life!”

Maybe you’ve already heard this type of sentence many times, since the moment developers have invented apps to assist us in our daily work management.

Todoist, Google Tasks, Evernote, Asana, Wunderlist, Trello: these apps seem to be tens of thousands, are meant to simplify our daily workflow, and offer us to be more efficient. Do we really need to upload one, and are they that useful?

Selecting the proper tool is our choice: some of us will look at the refined interface of Asana, others will prefer the comforting linearity of Todoist. Behind these preferences lie many legitimate reasons, all of them linked to the multiplicity of tastes and ways of reasoning.

In reality, the app is only the answer to a much more important question. Good task management apps are just a way to help you listing what you must do. The real question is: how to prioritize, by what method?

Managing our time and the energy we deploy in our various missions and responsibilities is above all a question of choice: the choice to spend more time on important matters, to step back when required, to remain agile and to answer with the proper timing according the situations we face.

In short, taking back control of our tasks, relegating stress and anxiety generated by our productivity challenges. The apps we choose must be the container of a method which could be applied without any. Their use has to be seen for what they are, a facilitating tool and not a time management method by itself, as they do not solve organization issues, neither do they answer to our wishful thoughts to learn how to prioritize.

Well used, these apps could however be great working allies, enabling you to sort out thousands of instructions and notifications that you must face each day, generating negative feelings. The way you use them, however, is of your own responsibility, and should enable you to take your working challenges.