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Tuesday
Jul172012

Wunderlist and getting things done

Wunderlist

Life is busy and there isnt enough time to get things done. Well.. I guess there is time to get things done, but the question is how. I have a list of tasks that I need to do etched into my brain to do. This is really not the best way to go about things, anyone who knows me will know that my brain works in wierd and wonderfull ways. Ask me about the history of the Soviet Union or the development of the triple expantion steam engine and I will more than happily talk your ear off for a good 1/2 an hour. (especily if im drunk, then I will start to lecture to the entire pub because they just HAVE to know at that moment in time that the first mobile steam engine cracked the rails it was put on becuase they were using cast iron rails rather than wrought iron rails). If you have ever has the pleasure of attending one of my classes you will probably leave with some useless facts about whatever im thinking or wikipedia'ing that day.

Yet ask me what im supposed to be doing tomorrow or remember somthing that I was told to acomplish less than 5 mins ago and my mind will go blank.

Thus, my method of storing my 'stuff to do' list somewhere in the far reaches of my memory is probably not the best idea in the world. "Get a notebook!" I hear you cry. I have one, well, not one. I have enough unfinished and completed notebooks to build a small fort to make passing memebers of greenpeace cry at the rate im eating up the Amazon with my not so economical use of paper. I needed somthing to list my things to do, something a little bit more focued than just a calender. Something like Wunderlist.



Many have come and many have gone in the note-taking and task-organising marketplace. So why is Wunderlist any different?

Its not.

It does exactly what it says on the tin, it makes lists. It makes list on my Mac on my iPhone and my iPad and syncs the lot together. It does just what you expect of it and nothing more, nothing special, nothing new. Just what you need. It also has a web based interface wich looks and works just like its desktop counterpart.

This is somthing that is missing from alot of modern apps, it seems like your new productivity app needs to be everything to everyone and do everything all at once.

Thanks to Lifehacker for the video


One app, one task. I like it, simplicity is where inovation is not complexity. Simplicity breeds productivity and ease of use, simplicity adds to an experience rather than subtracting from it. Just ask Jonathan Ive Apples head design nut. Wunderlist has this in spades and it is why after a week I am still activly using it.

After the initial brain dump of things that I need to do / accomplish (72 items dumped out of the back of my head, I did not realise I needed to get so much stuff done) ticking off items has become something of a game for me, kind of like trying to acheive the fabled 'inbox zero'. Thanks to Wunderlist I do feel like I am getting more things done. Thinking about somthing I need to do no longer is a case of 'I must not forget this' yet a move to 'I must put this into my Wunderlist'

The only small gripe I have is the syncing of tasks. It does not sync them at a high enough frequency to the Wunderlist servers for my liking. I find myself manually syncing with the little green button in the bottom left rather than being cofident that somthing I have entered on my Mac is going to get synced to my iPhone. Just a small change really, I would really prefer it to have Wunderlist sync every time I add a task into it or edit an existing task. That way I know that when I do anything on any of my devices they will all be in sync without having to think about it.

All in all though, for a free product there is no excuse for not trying it out when you have a few minutes. Try braindumping all those little things you need to do into it, you will be surprised at how much info you are keeping in 'volitile memory'.

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