There are many options out there for todo lists.
In fact, there are too many to name here.
Some are free. A few are very expensive.
Many of them are too complex. In fact, some make life more complicated.
My todo list app of choice is Wunderlist.
Productivity That Gets Work Done
It amazes me when people use todo apps that frustrate them.
Ones that add complexity and extra work to their life. Isn’t that a little ironic of a todo app?
Other people dislike their apps so much that they give them the cold shoulder and stop using them after a short time.
That isn’t very productive, either.
I always advise, “Choose Tools You’ll Use.”
In this case, I use Wunderlist everyday.
Do you use your todo app everyday?
10 Reason Why I Use Wunderlist
Here are the 10 top reasons that I use Wunderlist as my todo app:
- Everywhere – If your todo list is not accessible you won’t use it. No matter where I turn, my Wunderlist is there. I can access it on the Web, on Mac OS X, on all my mobile devices (see below), on Linux, and even Windows.
- Simple – Ever use a todo app that looks like the control panel to the Space Shuttle? So many options, buttons, and fields that it is a burden to use? Wunderlist presents a simple interface. In fact, some may find it too simple. Yet, behind that simple appearance is quite a bit of power. Most of the options stay out-of-the-way until you need them. (BTW, do you really need to set the “context” for each todo and the “color” of each task?)
- Push Reminders – On my iPhone, I can set reminders for tasks that I want to recall at specific times. They can be either email notifications or push notifications. I prefer the push notifications because they appear in my iPhone’s notification center.
- Share – Want to share a list with someone else? Wunderlist can do that in one click. You can share via email and let a family member or friend edit the list too. You can also share lists via email or via the CloudApp.
- Sync – Wunderlist syncs magically via the cloud. There is no effort required to keep your lists in sync across all your platforms and devices. More apps are finally getting sync, but Wunderlist has had this right from the start.
- Priorities – Wunderlist has a simple priority system. You won’t find A, B, C’s or 1, 2, 3’s, but rather a simple Star system. When you “star” an item, it shows up in your Starred list (as well as its original list). I use this “hit list” prioritization to make my Today List of my highest priority tasks that must be done today.
- Multiple Lists – Wunderlist allows you to have as many lists are you would like. For those that like to sub-sort tasks into many different buckets, you can do this. I tend to minimize the number of lists of I have. However, I can quickly create a list if I have need to capture something. Of course, all these lists are tied together by the “Starred Priority.”
- Notes – Need to add more detail or important info to a todo? You can add a note to any todo. I will sometimes “paste” supporting information or even a URL into the notes field.
- Mobile – It doesn’t matter what mobile device you are on, Wunderlist presents a great user experience. Unlike apps that are limited to one mobile device, Wunderlist is available on: iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, and even Windows Phone. Not that you would ever need all of those.
- Quick - I like to be able to capture ideas and tasks quickly. Otherwise, they can be lost. With Wunderlist, I can open the app, type a todo and hit return. Done. There is no setting of 17 fields just to record a todo. (See #2) I don’t even have to go to the app. I can email myself a todo at firstname.lastname@example.org and the task is added to my inbox.
If you are not using Wunderlist, I recommend you give it a try. (I didn’t even mention that it is FREE?!)
If your todo list is too complicated or not getting the job done, it might just be the solution you need.
Wunderlist works for me. It gets the job done, period.
It is one of my best friends and always has my back.
Does your todo list have yours?
Question: What is your todo list app of choice? Why do you use it?