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Todoist

Updated on April 2, 2011

Favorite To Do List Website and App

Over the years I’ve tried a few different task list websites and iPhone apps like Remember the Milk, iProcrastinate and the tasks panel built in to Gmail. None have compared to the simplicity and ease-of-use of Todoist.com. For starters, it has all of the key features you would expect from a task manager like due dates and priority levels. On top of that, the main features I love are the …

  • outline format. Any task can be indented to make it a sub-task, which is great when you want to break a project down into smaller steps.
  • customizable home page. The main page will show any search results you choose. For example, my home page shows my tasks which are due today, tomorrow, and then my priority 1 and 2 tasks.
  • ease of navigation. With Todoist you make your own list of categories and color code them. They’ll show up in the left column with the total number of tasks they contain. One click and you see all of the tasks in that category.
  • viewable history. If you are working toward a goal, I think it’s important to be able to see what you’ve already accomplished. Many of the other to do list managers just make tasks disappear into the ether when you complete them, but Todoist will let you see what you’ve done thus far.

For some reason when they released their iPhone app, they decided that naming it “Todoist” would make it too easy to find, so they went with the name “Doings” instead. Well, the real reason may be that the app was not developed by the same  folks that created the website. In any case, it’s great that they do have an app which syncs with your Todoist account so you can see and update your tasks anywhere.

One suggestion: to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed with all of the things you need to do before you achieve personal enlightenment and transmogrify into an orb of light that cannot conceive of any aspiration beyond merely  existing, give yourself no more than five top priority tasks at a time and leave the rest buried in their categories. That way you can  focus on completing just a handful of tasks which are most important.

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