We’re constantly looking for new ways to keep ourselves more organized, save time and manage our different task in a more effective manner. Because of the nature of our company, we also have a variety of people with different backgrounds, skill sets, and jobs. We’ve started to full embrace the digital revolution and now have the majority of our fully connected on smartphones and working directly from those when they are not in front of a traditional computer. There are a ton of apps available for both iPhone and Android and sometimes it’s hard to sort through which ones are worth downloading and using and which ones are just a waste of time. Recently some of us have started using a Task Manager called Wunderlist and it’s been a great addition to our toolbox.

The nice thing about Wunderlist is how simple it is. It syncs quickly and easily across all major platforms and so what’s available on your phone is immediately available on your desktop computer, your iPad, your laptop and any other device you may be using. Furthermore, it’s designed for one thing and one thing only and that is “lists.” Personally I don’t have the time to get to know programs that do everything for you. Inevitably these programs contain features that you don’t need or won’t use and this just muddies the entire process. I like simple…

iphone_screenshotWith Wunderlist, to get started, download the app for your phone and any other device you want to use it on and go ahead and create an account. It takes about 2 minutes to set all of this up. At that point you’re ready to start creating some lists.

Personally I use this most for “to-do lists” and every morning I sit down at the computer and create my lists for the day. This way wherever I am going I have quick access to the list. The nice thing also is that you can have as many categories of lists as you like. For example, I have one called “wife” which allows me to write quick notes about things I need to remember to do for my wife. Gone are the days when my wife calls me and asks me to pick up milk on the way home and I forget…

The next thing I like about Wunderlist is the list management. When I have completed a task I can just check the box next to it and it considered a “completed” item. It is not deleted however, which is in itself a great tool. It’s moved to the bottom of your lists and a line is put through it. I find this extremely helpful! At the end of each week I have a weekly report do for my boss and all I do is pull up Wunderlist and I have a complete list of everything I have done!

Once you have down that open the sliding panel on the left side of the screen. If you’re using a tablet, the panel is there by default and doesn’t need to be expanded. The side panel shows all of the lists you’ve created, as well as any Smart Lists you enable. These Smart Lists automatically aggregate tasks based on their type. For instance, the Today Smart List shows all tasks that are due today, while the Completed Smart List shows all tasks that you’ve already checked off.

The last thing that I like about it is the ability to highlight certain items on the list so you can see them quickly and easily and set them as a priority. With a simple click you can “star” an item and it puts a red flag on it and then moves it to the top of your list. This is super helpful in getting my disorganized mind to focus on the important things…

Hopefully this is helpful, let me know if you decide to try it and how it works for you. Let me know also if you have any tools that are working for you that I should know about!

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