The Great To-Do List Experiment

I am a ‘list’ kinda guy.  I keep many chrome tabs open of articles and items I want to read, I have lists on sticky notes all around my room, and I have every little daily task I want to accomplish written down somewhere.  However that ‘somewhere’ is often ‘somewhere I can’t find it when I need it.’

So in order to keep my lists organized and by extension my life, I am going to propose a great list experiment, where I’ll be trying out some web and app based productivity tools for a week or so.  After I’m done testing I’ll review each one, and at the very end I’ll pick a winner to be my full time fave.

The contestants are:

1. Astrid – A favourite among techies, I’ve heard a lot of good things about astrid, though it was recently bought by Yahoo.  This could make it better or worse, depending on what Yahoo intends to do with it.

2. Workflowy – It looks really easy and manageable.  I liked the promo video and the minimalist look.   Functionally it looks easy and powerful.

3. Remember the milk – It seems similar to other to do list apps I’ve used in the past, and seems more suited for the little day to day tasks than large project management, but I want to see if it can be that all encompassing app I’ve been looking for.

4. Wunderlist – Also a great promo video, I like the platform support of it.  I want an app I can access from anywhere, and one I can open up whether I’m just starting my day or am on the go with only a mobile device to use.  Wunderlist has great reviews too.

5. Todoist – Also very excited for todoist because of the syncing and especially the visual appeal, making it look like gmail, which I love.  Here’s a nice little preview of its HTML 5 capabilities.

Ultimately I want something cross-platform, cloud syncing, minimalist, and easy to use.  It also has to be something I can manage my life with, covering everything from getting a haircut to work projects and more.

Feel free to recommend any good ones I might have missed!


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