I recently started looking at different todo apps, having long been happy with Things, I wasn’t expecting too much. I found two apps that not only rivaled Things, but that I actually think are better. One has a limited life span, the other has become my new todo app.
Wunderlist is an application that has often been buzzing around the corners of my readings on productivity and often referenced by others as a great app. I looked at it, was very surprised to see that it is free, and quickly dove in to using it. Wow! It is a great, great app!
It has all the attributes I want in a GTD oriented todo application:
- Desktop and mobile versions that stay in sync
- Ability to make tasks and projects
- Drag and drop functionality
- Repeating events
- An intuitive UI
- Ability to tag or label your todos so that there is a means of organizing across projects, too.
It even had features I didn’t know I wanted that were missing in Things such as the ability to collaborate with other Wunderlist users. It was with great disappointment that I learned that it would be gone sometime this year, being replaced by Microsoft (its new owner) with their new “To-Do” app. The thing is, “To-Do” does not have all the features of Wunderlist, and if it ever does, it is likely going to be by blending in the tools in the Microsoft universe like Teams and Outlook. Uggh. Frankenstein.
So, goodbye to Wunderlist and off I went looking for another application.
Now that I was no longer completely wedded to Things, looking at other applications seems like a good use of time. After a lot of experimenting and review, I have adopted Todoist. Not only does it have all of the features of Wunderlist, it works well with Siri, does location based reminders (in the paid version), and has more useful settings like being able to have your “landing” page set to the next 7 days view or your inbox, finer tuning of notifications and many more useful adaptations. Not only that, but there was an import from Wunderlist tool that worked flawlessly for me, too.
I’m sold. Long live Todoist!
I also think the $29 annual fee is worth spending even if I only use it to make a single “label” (what I still think of as a tag), and only dabble in the location based reminders so far. A $29 annual fee for a highly polished piece of software that gets updates and has a great working culture, too, seems like money very well spent. I use my todo app every single day. This one is better than Things, and is cross platform. I will be writing more about Todoist in the future, I’m sure.