Monday, April 15, 2013

App Review: Todoist

Having just under 2 years of self-employment under my belt, I am still refining my day-to-day workflow for maximum efficiency. Whether you're self-employed or otherwise, it can be tough managing all of the day-to-day tasks that life demands.

My productivity as of yesterday!
Personally, I hate feeling like I'm forgetting to do something important, but an even worse feeling is realizing that I actually DID forget to do something important! I have a hard time with the concept of a 'paperless' office (though I like the ecological implications, some part of me needs to have a hand-written list or see the words printed on a piece of paper). I'm old school; I actually sit down at the beginning of each work-week with six pieces of paper (one for each weekday and the sixth for Saturday and Sunday combined), portioning out the week's tasks so that each day has just a few "big" to-do's coupled with a few smaller tasks....with plenty of space for all of the stuff that will come up along the way. This works pretty well, except when there is a long-term project or something I need to follow up on in the future. Enter Todoist, which is a task management app you can use with your internet browser (I use Chrome) and smart phone. There is a free version with fewer bells and whistles, but I opted to upgrade to the premium service after a free one-month trial.

Since using Todoist, I really do feel like I can keep track of all of my work (and non-work!) projects easily. Once you enter each project and subproject, Todoist will email you when things are due and also keep you posted on your productivity. They also recently added in more metrics to track your productivity, awarding you "karma points" for completing tasks on time or ahead of schedule. They can't be redeemed for anything, but regardless of that fact, it still feels good to mark a project as complete and see that number go up.

Below is a short video from their YouTube channel that walks you through Todoist's features; you can sign up for your free trial by clicking here!


You may like to know: I was not compensated or solicited for this review; I paid for the yearly subscription myself and just wanted to share this with my readers in the hopes that you find it as useful as I do!

2 comments:

  1. I've been using Toodledo for about the same amount of time, but the one thing I don't like about them is that they don't have an Android app (they have some third part apps but I've tried all of them and they all have some IMO flaw). I may have to check out Todoist.....!

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    1. They get points for a funny name at least! I'm amazed at how many companies are still overlooking the Android market...not sure if it's intentional or not, do they honestly think everyone is using an iPhone these days? I read somewhere recently that half of all instagram users have an android device. I think they're up to at least 100 million users, so that seems like a pretty significant number - especially considering that instagram's Android app has only been out for about a year! So I guess that the Toodledo folks need to put "make an Android version of their app" on their to-do list! :-)

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