Still not using Wunderlist? Manage your tasks and improve productivity
As I wrote in my article about Evernote, I believe that capturing ideas as they appear is a fundamental requirement for anyone who wants to be a reputable writer regardless of profession. I have to admit I haven't written much myself, but I have learnt one or two important things over the past few months. There are a few things that I wish I had known when I started writing my blog.
Believe you me, there is nothing better and more exciting than writing when a good idea hits you. Sitting with a pen and paper in your hand or Evernote open and trying to find ideas to write about does not usually result in the production of epic content. At least it doesn't work that way for me.
According to me, writing is the easy part. Getting and capturing ideas is the difficult part. That is why I believe in having all the tools that I require for capturing ideas, right there with me, everywhere I go. For me, as a fan of mobile productivity applications, that means having suitable applications on all devices that I use. There are many applications out there that one could use. What is important is for your application of choice to be cloud based, to sync automatically on all your devices and, of course, to have some kind of text editor.
Today I will be writing about Wunderlist, my new found love when it comes to capturing ideas, creating lists, reminders and tracking tasks. Since I started using this wonderful application I have become much better at making sure that no task or idea escapes my attention.
List of things you can do with Wunderlist:
- As David Allen, the famous author of Getting Things Done, says, "If it's on your mind, your mind isn't clear." I believe that if your mind isn't clear, there is no room for new ideas. So I make sure I put all ideas, good or bad, on a list in Wunderlist as quickly as possible.
- Of course the next step is to configure Wunderlist to remind me to use those ideas. That's the reason we write ideas down in the first place, right? So I set up "Due Date" and a "Reminder" in Wunderlist
- Creating a task list is a breeze in this application. The whole application is simple, well laid out and very easy to use. I think I could go as far as saying that when it comes to Wunderlist, there is no learning curve to talk about. It is so intuitive that within a few minutes you will be using it like a pro.
OK. Where was I? I get carried away when I start talking about productivity applications. Lets recap. So we have:
- created a task list
- added a task
- set a due date
- set a reminder
- Wunderlist will now make sure you don't forget that task using an email or push reminder. But it can do more than that. If you are like me, there are times you need to share a calendar or task list with workmates. Can "Wunderlist do that?" I here you saying. Yes, it can. I use Wunderlist to share tasks with my business partner. It makes it easier for us to get things done even when we are working far away from each other.
- Just like most cloud-based applications, it is also possible to create tasks by sending emails to the account that gets created when you register to use Wunderlist. The subject of the email can be used for creating a new task or task list as well as for adding new tasks to existing task lists.
- The ability to add task lists, tasks, due dates, reminders, share task lists and creating tasks by sending emails is an exciting set of features for such a user friendly application. However, the feature that I find to be most useful is the ability to add long notes. That is what I use for writing my blog posts, such as this one you are reading right now. So I have my tasks, reminders and blog post drafts all in one place. Isn't that cool? Sometimes I open Wunderlist to add an idea for a future blog post to my task list and before I know it I am already done with writing the blog post. I just had to add Wunderlist to my list of favourite productivity applications.
- The sweetest part of using Wunderlist is that it is available on all platforms and devices that you can think of -iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac OS.
- The icing on the Wunderlist cake is the fact that it is accessible offline. No need to worry about cellphone coverage. You can continue working on your task list even when there is no access to the Internet. Synchronisation takes place when you get back online.
Important tip: Write your MIT before you go to bed.
If you are not new to self development and the idea of getting things done, you have probably read many times that you should make a list of most important things (MIT) you want to do the following day before you go to bed. This makes it possible for you to relax and sleep well without worrying and thinking about the plan for tomorrow. Good sleep is a fundamental issue to be productive. In Wunderlist I created a task list titled "Tomorrow" where I list all the tasks to do tomorrow. It's that easy to set up stuff in Wunderlist.
Update: Wunderlist 2 is out and includes recurring tasks and sub-tasks . Follow this link to find out more about Wunderlist 2.
Do you use applications like Wunderlist to capture ideas and improve productivity or do you do your stuff old school style? Please leave a comment below.
Watch the video below to find out more from the app developer.
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