October 4, 2011

LazyMeter – To-Do Lists for the Un-Motivated

Looking at a task list that’s a mile long is just plain depressing, and research has shown that people actually get less work accomplished when they feel bogged down by endless to-dos. That’s why LazyMeter was created. The idea behind the dead-simple to-do list application was to create a system that helped people focus, tracked their accomplishments, and ultimately led them to feel better about life at the end of the day.

If your favorite part about creating to-do lists is crossing off items when they’re complete, then you won’t be disappointed with LazyMeter. Start creating a to-do list by adding all the items you need to get done. Type in a sentence or a word about the task at hand and a date for when the task should be complete, then click the “plus” button to officially add the task to your to-do list—which LazyMeter calls a playlist. Everything you’ve got planned for the future will show up under your “pause list,” and you can click on the “stop list” to see everything that has been added to your playlist without a scheduled completion date. Click on the check box each time you accomplish a task, and you’ll see your list get shorter and shorter as the day goes on.

If you don’t complete a task on the day its due, no worries. LazyMeter will automatically reassign any uncompleted tasks for the next day, or you can remove the deadlines altogether and put the tasks back on your pause list until further notice. Checking out the LazyMeter scoreboard is a great way to see how much progress you’ve made in a given day and how much you’ve gotten done in a limited amount of time.

Practical Uses:

  • Create a to-do list that you can actually accomplish each day
  • Keep up with work deadlines
  • Stay organized by seeing what still needs to get done
  • Reassign deadlines to tasks that don’t need to be completed right away

Insider Tips:

  • New days start at 3 a.m., and tasks that are uncompleted at that time roll over to the next day
  • Users can add as many tasks as they want
  • The stop list can be used to save items without having to assign a deadline
  • LazyMeter tracks how much a user has gotten accomplished in a single day

What we liked:

  • People who use LazyMeter don’t have to worry about losing their paper to-do lists
  • Items that aren’t done at the end of the day are automatically rolled over to the next day
  • A LazyMeter user can pull up his to-do list on any computer
  • Users can keep track of how much they’ve accomplished by checking out the scoreboard at the top of the page

What we didn’t like:

  • LazyMeter doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as other to-do list applications


Company Info:

  • Launched: August 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Aaron Franklin and Joshua Runge
  • Web site:


  • Free

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