Peter Mark Roget was an obsessive list-maker. For him it was a coping mechanism as he struggled with depression due to several personal tragedies. After retirement from his career as a physician, Roget’s listing obsession would lead to his famous Thesaurus. The rest of us are unlikely to publish such a tome, but most of us have made enough lists for a book. In fact lists are a human obsession, to the extent that there are entire books of lists. Whether we do or don’t complete our endless to-do lists in our personal lives, there is now an app specifically for that.
The app called “Clear,” costs 99 cents in the iTunes store and in just a short time it became the most downloaded paid iPhone app. Some have called it inspired, beautiful, amazing and what not, but the key thing about Clear is that it’s simple. Key in a list of the things you need or want to get done in a day, week or whenever and complete them. Users easily navigate the app by swiping and pinching – all of which is explained in a comprehensive tutorial. Simple is also the way to describe Clear’s features – not too many. Make lists. Complete items on lists. It doesn’t allow you to make sub-lists for say, the actual groceries for the item named, “Grocery Shopping.” For that, you’ll need to create a separate list called, “Grocery Items,” listing tomatoes, apples, cheese and bread. It also doesn’t have calendar style functions such as dates and times for the list items. But people seem to love it. Perhaps, Clear is simply better.