In the past several weeks I’ve been focused on my productivity, probably because I’ve been putting off doing what I want to be productive about!
But, so you don’t have to do what I seem to be doing I wanted to share my most recent find and all the ways I’ve been using it.
When I first heard about this site I didn’t even visit it – after all I don’t need another list site. I have been using Momentum for the past couple of months, which has served me well.
Like most tools of this nature, there are gaps. Wunderlist has different gaps, but I like it much better.
Wunderlist can be downloaded to your computer [like Evernote], but also to your mobile devices. You can sync it between working online and working on your devices.
You can start a goal, under which you have tasks to complete the goal. Each task can have a due date, reminder date, subtasks, notes or attached files – including audio. You can make the due dates repeat, which is helpful for specific goals.
For instance, if you want to remember to write an article for your blog every Monday, you make that task repeat each week.
You also have an inbox where you can forward emails to help you better define your goals or add content to a specific task.
You can share specific lists with other people without sharing every goal. This means you can use this format to work with your VAs. Share a goal with them and they can write notes on their assigned tasks and share information about their progress – or you can share suggestions for them.
Of course there is a paid version, but I haven’t found a need for that level yet. Put your bills on the list and put in reminders so they get paid on time. Want to remember a television show? You’ll get reminders emailed directly to your inbox.
You can change the background, how the date is displayed, there is a browser extension, and you can click on the link for “Today” or “Week” and see all the tasks that are due Today or this Week.
Do you want these tasks to appear on your calendar? Grab the feed and use it with iCalendar, Outlook and Gmail. Make your lists, track your progress and watch your productivity soar!
I thought it would take a long time to move things over to Wunderlist but it was just about 20 minutes for the major projects to moved from Momentum and Trello to Wunderlist. I’ve added more goals and tasks since then.
Want to know what this system is teaching me?
In order for the tasks to show up on my “Today” list I have to place a due date on the tasks. Through this I’m learning that I have a bad habit of overwhelming myself each day. My list is full of things that won’t get done because there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
This is forcing me to be realistic in the face of my eternal optimism – and I’m getting more done because I feel great about what I do accomplish at the end of each day.
Check it out! You’ll find your own gems inside Wonderlist.