MonkeyMind: Menu Bar Todo List 4+

The shortcut to stay focused

Benedict Bartsch

    • 4.6 • 39 Ratings
    • $3.99



MonkeyMind is the shortcut-driven to-do list for your Mac's Menu Bar. Whenever you are in deep work mode, simply hit the shortcut and, just like in Spotlight, type away and press enter. The entry will get added to the menu bar list and you can deal with it later.

These are MonkeyMind's main features:
- The shortcut task entry: hit the customisable shortcut, type away, hit enter - and get back to work. It will automatically get added to MonkeyMind.
- Super simple task list right in your menu bar: Check off tasks, copy them to another app, or simply delete them once your done.
- Custom shortcut: you can set any shortcut you want and it will work system-wide. Just make sure it does not collide with any other Mac system shortcut.
- Optional auto-deletion of checked off tasks. So you don't accumulate a gazillion tasks.
- Super lightweight and Swift-native on the Mac. It can run in the background without any issues.

MonkeyMind is the perfect scratchpad for your mind. A place for your brain dumps. Or for whatever else.

So why could you care about MonkeyMind? Here's the longer pitch:

Deeply focused work is one of life's greatest pleasures. A sanctuary, out of which one emerges with tremendous satisfaction and meaningful progress.
But deep work is also under constant assault from distractions. The outside world is armed with coworkers, notifications and highly addictive applications, constantly trying to get your attention. Shutting these out is not easy, but society is slowly embracing to a workspace with less outside distractions.
There is another opponent, one that is far more resilient - and a lot closer: your brain.
Brains love dopamine. Always longing for the next hit and willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Your brain is the enemy from within.
Other unrelated ideas and distracting thoughts, not relevant to your actual work, constantly pop up in your mind. And they all seem enticing, with a promise if instant gratification, a quick hit of dopamine, more seductive than continued focus on your work. That's the monkey mind doing it's thing, full speed ahead, always lazy and unwilling to work.
Your job is to tame the monkey mind.
Those unrelated ideas and distracting thoughts: Get them out. Promise the monkey you'll reconsider them later, but get them out. And get back to work.
Introducing MonkeyMind for Mac.
A place to put whatever pops up in your head and then get back to work. Just hit the shortcut, enter whatever is on your mind - and you can review it later.

What’s New

Version 1.5

This update improves compatibly with MacOS Monterey and fixes an issue with the correct theme being shown in light and dark mode.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

AnonymousHumanXyz ,

ADHD helper!

I have ADHD so I always have random thoughts popping up completely unrelated to the task at hand.. having a place to dump them helps keep me on task, while not forgetting the disruptive thought (which is usually a future to-do or idea, that I will forget about if I don't write it down NOW). Thank you for making this! Totally worth the money.

Developer Response ,

That’s awesome! Thank you for the kind words. I’m so glad the app is helpful to you.

Davey Boy 1106 ,

Has potential

It's simple and it does what it says it'll do.
But it only displays 4-5 items in too large font and then you have you use a slider to see any other items. I want a full and complete viewable list where I can see ALL items at one time.
The other point is you cannot print.
Limited but it does have potential.

T_rexxxoxo ,

Simple and works great

I like the app. Easy to use, nice layout-. But I think it would be better if it can automatically open when I turn on the laptop. Looking forward to next uptdate to have this feature.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the kind words. I’ll probably implement launch at login to a future release - but until then you can add MonkeyMind to login items on your Mac and it’ll launch automatically.

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