Lee Peterson, regarding the badge on his to do list app:
Waking up and being faced with this red 22 to remind me how much I have on my plate makes things worse. It adds stress to an already stressful time, it’s got me thinking again about simplification. In this case Todoist is showing everything due today rather than stuff that’s gone over.
I use Things and have it setup to only show badges for items with a deadline. And I only add deadlines to a few tasks each week. The vast majority of tasks I enter into Things are just dropped into the Today view and don’t need to be completed by a specific date.
With my badges setup this way, I’m never reminded about a task unless it’s critical for me to complete it soon.