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Despite attempts to get myself to use Things and OmniFocus, I've always gone back to a hand-maintained Excel document plus writing down physical to-do lists if I'm out running errands.  Maybe it's just inertia, or perhaps the simplicity of just typing tasks into cells made everything else feel cumbersome. 

It looks like OmniFocus has better mobile syncing these days, so perhaps it will be easier to use the second time round.  I just tricked the desktop version into giving me another 14-day trial period. 

I could also go for a web-based solution, which would be nice when I've booted my mac into Windows or Ubuntu.  However, none of the web-based versions had clear support for easy mobile use. 

Any advice?

Date: 2011-02-08 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've been using the Tasks feature built into Google calendar for quite a while now. I love being able to put my tasks right on the calendar, and check them off there too. And it's easy to access and use from my mobile devices.

It's a simple solution, and not ideal for complex projects and such tho.

Date: 2011-02-08 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I think Google's tasks is *too* minimal for what I want to use it for.

Date: 2011-02-08 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've tried half a dozen different mobile to-do lists, and the thing I keep going back to over and over again is Google Tasks. It's incredibly simple--task, notes, due date, checkbox--and I can manage it from my calendar on my desktop (I really, really like being able to see the tasks overlaid onto the calendar so I can easily tell what needs to be done when) as well as my mobile device.

Currently there's no official Tasks app for Android, I don't know about other platforms. But a shortcut on my desktop to the mobile-simplified Tasks page works remarkably well.

I'm in the middle of a busy and stressful week and Google Calendar + Tasks is helping to keep me sane.

Date: 2011-02-08 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
B and I both use Remember the Milk & like it do shared lists, emailed remindeers as the flexibility of recurring tasks. B particularly like the option to set an event for 'every 4 days' & have the reminder show on the next correct day, even if he gets a task completed early (ie, does it on day 3 cuz we're going out of town - it will correctly scedule the next recurrence 4 days later, not leave it at 5

Date: 2011-02-09 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I use Ta-Da lists online. Sounds like it's far too basic for your needs.

Here's a sample one of mine:

My friend created a website that you might check out:

Date: 2011-02-09 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm retro, I have a notebook for TODOs. Nothing beats the feeling of crossing out an item. Maybe when I upgrade my iPhone 3G to a recent phone it'll be snappy enough to not feel like I'm waiting for things to load. This small delay is the main reason I don't like smartphone based approaches...[1]

But for general organisation and other lists of things I use evernote.

I'd vaguely considering using Vim Outliner and Dropbox though.

[1] I also wonder whether there is an e-ink based solution so I could have the list available at a glance.


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