Very true. Although I do not have any numbers I am fairly certain that the vast majority stick with very simple tools, such as Google Tasks, iOS Reminders or Wunderlist, or even paper.
Originally Posted by mcogilvie
Even I myself use a relatively simple tool, Nirvana, which I believe is quite similar to Things in the Mac world.
I have also used and/or tried several more feature-rich apps such as Toodledo, Doit and IQTELL. Although I am not scared off by their relatively huge mass of features that I do not need, I get turned off when I, despite their tons of features, find out that some of the very standard GTD things I want to do are more difficult with those apps than with a simpler app like Nirvana.
A common example of strange design, that never ceases to amaze me, is that none of the "GTD apps" I have seen allows you (out of the box; without workarounds) to simply leave tasks behind in the project, invisible on the the Next list. I do not understand why I as a user should have to devise workarounds to use GTD principles when using a "GTD" app.
And I have also tried the "simplest" kind of list apps, such as Wunderlist and Appigo, and found that the amount of shoe-horning I need to exercise to do get it to do GTD makes it more complicated for me overall to use these than to use something like Nirvana, which at least has Next, Waiting, Ticklers etc out of the box, along with Projects.
Arranging things manually in a logical sequence is is something I find it hard to be without. Being able to hide project tasks from being visible in Next or Waiting is another thing.
I would like more than two levels, though. Doit has four, officially, so that would seem good, but it does not really work. I cannot rearrange tasks manually, and on the highest level (goal) it does not even have automatic sorting (e.g. alphabetical or anything). And their lowest level, subtasks cannot have tags. And so on. This is why I would find it simpler and better if developers did like Google Drive and others - a folder is a folder is a folder, always the same capabilities, no matter what level you place it in the hierarchy.
The capability to put tasks etc under more than one project (or other such "container"/"folder") is not very common, I admit. Wrike and Producteev have that, if I recall correctly, but those apps also have so many features that I do not like and are difficult to work around. But think about it. Can you personally name a simpler way for you as a user to get a bunch of tasks together for a meeting or errand trip than this. I myself thought about that for a long time, and have had lots of practical experience with "complications due to exaggerated simplicity" before this super simple idea dawned on me as the obvious solution - just drag the ones I want to yet another project. Problem solved. Simple to do. Very visible. No complications.