"For the things in my life that actually mattered, I've never needed any to-do list to tell me to do them. If I did, then that'd be awfully strong evidence that I have some serious life problems to face before considering the rather trivial matter of which to-do lifehack fits my personality best."
Like Gabe, I totally understand what Jeff is getting at in his post. However, I do have life problems — I forget everything.
Ask anybody who knows me personally, I forget things a lot. For example, today is the 2nd day in two weeks that I forgot my Lightning cable at home (thankfully I have more battery to last the day).
I have been known to forget my wallet, glasses, phone, work materials, coffee, socks (yes, I have forgotten socks at a couple points in my life), lunch, movie tickets, keys, money, and more. Lists and the dependencies on lists help me appear less like a fool.
However, there is absolutely no way you can argue with Jeff on this quote:
"There's only one, and exactly one, item anyone should ever need on their to-do list. Everything else is superfluous."