I happened to notice today that I’ve been using Checkvist since 2015! On and off, for sure, but mostly ‘on’ for the last 3 or 4 years. I had used various software for tasks and lists before that, but never a single one for so long. I do survey the field now and then, and have had a look at impressive platforms like Notion and Roam, and while they all have some great extra features, I find Checkvist hits a sweet spot for my uses. It’s simple enough not to consume too much attention, capable enough not to be frustrating, and has many ergonomic touches that make it a pleasure to use.
I would ‘appreciate’ different things on different days, but here are two things that jump out at me today.
Firstly, I find hoisting (/focusing/narrowing) crucial. I wish every editor had it. Without the simplicity it allows me to impose on large lists, I’d end up over-complicating things.
Secondly, the Web Clipper extension is really thoughtfully designed. The ability to choose where in a list to place a captured item, and add tags and dates inline, means I can usually just dump something in checkvist without having to do anything more with it until I have a use for the destination list.
A common theme to all this is Checkvist being an important part of my arsenal of tools for reducing the cognitive load of incidental or busywork stuff that needs addressing, but doesn’t merit my full attention now. That’s a truly valuable role for a piece of software.