Excellent article, Tim Denning.
All having a bunch of apps to keep us productive does is take money out of wallets that we coulda used on strawberry-banana milkshakes (gotta have the banana!) and make us feel more guilty for cluttering our phones. Nothing productive about that.
Personally, I just use the Reminder App on my iPhone. I wake up and look at it and ponder if what I’ve written down makes sense in the time frames I have and if there’s anything new to add. Usually I put that milkshake in the early afternoon to coincide with getting out of my home office because if I sit around all day being productive the only thing I’ll produce is a cluster of ulcers in my gut (and ulcers don’t mix with milkshakes).
Last, whoever created that gawdawful app has an issue dealing with the relaxing reality of death. Personally, I’m down with just not being here any more to annoy my fellow humans with my quirky attempts at humor. And to be a bit more serious, I think one of the major downsides of the Information Age is so many of us think we need to produce a lot to be heard. Nah, much as I can enjoy a good Stephen King novel, dude’s got too many out and it’s just asking for attention and making it harder for denizens of the future to pick out the good ones. Maybe someone like Thomas Pynchon had it right, release several novels over the course of a long career and let people get lost within those novels not lost among a tower of titles that often seem the too similar.