Todoist is a fantastic and gorgeous to-do list or task management app for the iPad and iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows, and web browsers. Its iPad app just came out a little over a week ago and I installed it that same day. Within 24 hours of starting with it, I had signed up for a premium account, installed the Mac app, and switched over entirely to Todoist across all my devices.
For me, that’s a big deal – as I rely heavily on a great task management app to run my work and life. I’m not a big power user of calendar apps, but managing tasks is something I’m obsessive about and focused on day in and day out.
I’ve used a lot of to-do and task management apps over the years – everything from Outlook Tasks and OneNote, to Pocket Informant on Windows Mobile, to Remember the Milk and Toodledo online and on the iPhone, to Things and OmniFocus on the iPad and the Mac, and most recently Wunderlist due mainly to its cross platform (Android and iOS) capabilities. So it takes a lot for an app in this category to impress me. In fact, even more these days, because now I want an app that works great on Mac, iOS, and Android.
And Todoist has knocked my socks off from Day 1. Here are some of the reasons why:
– It has a minimalist, ultra-clean and just plain beautiful UI – and that’s the case everywhere that I’m using it. On the iPad, on my iMac, on my Galaxy Note 2 and now on a new Nexus 7 as well. And though I don’t need it often, the web app is more of the same. Just superb interface design all around.
– It’s far more than just a pretty face though. It offers a great set of powerful features too. The free version of the iOS app offers these features:
• Synchronize your tasks across all your devices!
• Save your todo list to the cloud (Todoist.com)
• Add and manage unlimited tasks and sub-tasks
• Get organized with powerful features such as due dates, recurring dates, sub-tasks, task priorities, and colored projects
• Organize tasks into projects and sub-projects
• Access your task manager while being offline
I have opted for the premium account (available via In-App purchase for $29) – which brings additional features including these:
▸ Set up and receive reminders through SMS, email, or push notifications
▸ Get even more organized using task notes, colorable labels, and powerful filters
▸ Track and improve your productivity on Todoist.com
– Sync works effortlessly and super fast across all devices – Android, iOS, and Mac.
– It makes it easy and elegant to handle things like insertion of dates for tasks and recurring tasks. For instance when entering a due date you can just enter Today, Tomorrow, Wednesday, or ‘every day’. With recurring tasks you can use ‘every’ and ‘after’ as starting points and easily create tasks for every 4th Friday, for example, or for every Monday starting August 5th. It’s also very quick and easy to postpone and adjust due dates.
– It offers a very nice set of default views to see what’s on your plate tasks-wise. These include Today; 7 Days; tasks by Priority 1,2,3,4; and tasks with no due date.Of course you can also look at tasks for each project and filter by labels as well.
– Todoist sends a daily digest email – with a listing of to-dos for the day.
Before using Todoist I had believed for a long time that the Things app was the most beautiful task manager app I’d ever seen and OmniFocus was the most powerful and effective. The Todoist UI is even more attractive than Things and it’s sill got all the power user features I want (though it may not have as many as OmniFocus).
Todoist is simply the best to-do app I’ve seen – for me the perfect blend of the best features and capabilities of all those other apps I’ve used before.
Here’s an App Store link for Todoist; it’s a universal app designed for both the iPad and iPhone and a free app with an In-App purchase option for a premium account as mentioned above.
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