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Dalo is a long-list task manager. It was created to help you take full advantage of one of the most effective productivity methods invented by Mark Forster.

The beauty of Mr. Forster’s method lies in the combination of how simple it is to use and how well it uses certain aspects of our psychology to make us more productive.


THE ISSUE

Sometimes we get mental resistance towards working on tasks that seem time-consuming, tedious or difficult. This resistance makes us try to avoid doing this work until the very last moment. Or we don't even make an attempt, leaving stale tasks in our to-do lists. We may well have sorted our tasks by priority or due dates, grouped them into projects, but if we are not psychologically ready to actually do the task that’s in front of us, it may be all for nothing.

So, how to avoid this resistance or how to be psychologically ready for the time-consuming, tedious or difficult tasks?


THE SOLUTION

Trust yourself that you subconsciously already know what needs to be worked on. Then rely on your subconsciousness and select the tasks from your list which stick out for you. Find one that you actually want to do now and start there. Only do as much work as you want on each selected task. You don’t have to finish it in one go.

These simple principles can help eliminate procrastination as there is no pressure to finish or to work for too long. Even the smallest step will do.


THE METHOD

• Write all your tasks into one long list
• Scan the list and select the tasks that stick out
(Helper question: What do I want to do more than the previous task I selected?)
• When you find the task that you want to do now, start working on the selected tasks from the end (last selected = first to do)
• Only do as much work as you want on each task
If the task is not finished, complete a step, another step is added to the end of the list
Make a new selection, repeat 
(Any new tasks are added to the end of the list)


FEATURES

• Automatically adds new steps, where needed
• Pages mimicking the original paper-based method
• Minimalistic interface, focusing on speed and efficiency
• Conveniently duplicate tasks (when need to copy part of title or information in notes across)
• Automatic archiving of completed pages
• Schedule tasks for later (not part of the original method, but sometimes convenient nevertheless)


PREMIUM FEATURES

• Sync via iCloud with your Macs*, or other iPhones or iPads
• Lists to divide tasks into separate contexts (such as work, personal, errands)
• No ads
* (coming soon: Projects)



*a separate MacOS app purchase required for Macs

What’s New

Version 3.4.1

• start search by long-pressing the pages label
• fix for long-press the middle of the navigation bar to change theme
• fixes for cold-starting the app from 3D shortcuts and Today Widget

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Ann100162 ,

Digital autofocus method!

I've enjoyed Mark's books & productivity methods for many years. Glad to finally see a neat, minimalist digital implementation that rivals the paper version. The instructions on the method are good but the app navigation could be a little clearer. Also please change the color of the Search bar to something that mimics the palette of the app! Overall great job!

Edited 05/25: Thanks to the developer for reaching out & even modifying the Search bar color! I use this app constantly - being able to see the number of times I've worked on a project or task helps keep me motivated. Knowing that a completed page gets saved & logged gives me a nice record of my accomplishments!

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for a great review and for using the app.

The search bar colour has been fixed in a recent release and I would be very happy to make the app navigation clearer for yourself and for all users. So, if it’s not too much trouble, what in particular could be improved regarding the app navigation? Thanks again.

Kurt4i ,

Great Mark Forster AutoFocus Implementation

Been using this for driving an international adoption, personal todos, building a nonprofit, etc. This simplifies and lets you cut to the core of what needs doing.

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for your review.

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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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