Why won’t to-do applications use mind maps?

I have been using taskfreak to manage my to-do lists. It works well. However, it fails to provide a good visualization of what I have to do. I love lists, but lists work better when they are short and my to-do lists are always very long. Mind maps are far better to visualize complex data.

Why won’t taskfreak and related tools automatically generate mind maps?

Daniel Lemire, "Why won’t to-do applications use mind maps?," in Daniel Lemire's blog, July 21, 2007.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

5 thoughts on “Why won’t to-do applications use mind maps?”

  1. Now there’s a coincidence! I heard of one today.

    I run the mind-mapping.org site, that collects information on all mind mapping and concept mapping software, and today I had an email telling me about BrainStreamer.


    I haven’t had time to put it up on my site yet, but have a look and see if it’s what you’re looking for.

    (Cool captcha, btw)

    The master list of mind mapping &
    information management software

  2. Doesn’t a mind mapping application provide enough of what you want for your To Do list, then?

    Ideally, a good todo application should…

    • Support due dates so you can find out what you absolutely need to do this week or today.
    • Support priorities so you can find out what you should do first.
  3. Wow ! I didn’t know TaskFreak before you mention it…

    I tried to manage my todo with a lot of software without much success. TaskFreak is great because it is simple (no bells and whisle) and at the same time, very user friendly.

    Thank you !

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