I discovered Slash List in November on Product Hunt and the tagline instantly caught my eye: “a productivity machine that forces you to do tasks 1-by-1.”
I’m always experimenting with new ways to improve my workflow so I can block out distractions and get in a state of flow so I instantly installed the app for my Mac. That was just over a month ago and I’ve been using it nearly every day since.
By forcing you to do one task at a time, Slash List encourages a single-pointed focus on your tasks and its interface makes it easy to seamlessly flow through your prioritized list of daily tasks.
A Better Way To Work Productively
Essential, the value of this productivity tool is it helps you to eliminate the twin productivity killers that prevent most digital workers from getting into uninterrupted states of flow at work: multitasking and context switching.
1. Multitasking: when doing high-value, cognitively demanding work checking your email or social media is a productivity killer. A single point of focus helps you create a structure to eliminate all interruptions.
2. Context Switching: a busy mind likes the stimulation of switching contexts when work gets emotionally difficult but context switching has been shown to dramatically lower productivity and unnecessarily drain mental resources.
Here’s how Slash List works and why I think it is an indispensable tool for those who want to achieve flow states at work:
1. Hyper Focus Mode
I love the way they’ve designed the UX for the Hyper Focus mode. There’s an optional current task that stays pinned to your screen or in the top menu bar so you know exactly where to put your focus.
There is also a handy counter that can be placed in the bottom right, which I find to be a helpful reminder on days when I’m feeling very distractable.
2. Task Prioritization
Slash makes task prioritization easy by allowing you to stack your tasks based on the urgency of your priorities using the Eisenhower Matrix. This way you can complete task after task without searching for what to do next.
Prioritization helps maintain your flow state and prevents context switching because you know exactly what to do next without analysis or deliberation. As Slash’s creators note on their website, having to manually choose your next task causes friction and wastes precious decision-making energy.
3. Flexible Flow Sessions
I’ve found that the typical 25-minute work session followed by a 5-minute break advocated by the popular Pomodoro Method has never worked very well for me.
I prefer 90-minute Flow Sessions of uninterrupted focus and what I like about Slash List is they make it easy to customize the length of my Flow Sessions.
4. Productivity Analytics
Even with their initial launch version they’ve pulled off beautifully designed and helpful productivity analytics and time tracking.
You can track your hours spent each today in interrupted states of flow, productivity streaks and time spent on different tasks and projects over time.
5. Global Shortcuts
They also make it easy to use global shortcuts to add tasks that come up from any app without interrupting your flow. This can be a huge time saver.
I’m a big fan of streamlining my workflow using shortcuts so this is great and they make it a breeze to use.
Try It Out For Yourself
Slash List is currently based on a freemium model where your first 50 tasks each month are free then they are planning to charge $3.75/month for unlimited tasks.
This is something I would actually pay for. Kudos to the team at Slash List for making an indispensable productivity tool and innovating in the to-do list space.
You can download Slash List for Mac OS. A Windows and Linux version is coming soon.