Sunday, August 3, 2014

Todoist is a cloud-based alternative to Omnifocus

I'm a fan of to-do lists. If I'm honest, I'm a fan of any kind of list. (Just for fun, I sometimes make lists of lists. That's just me.)

I was a HUGE Omnifocus proponent. As a follower of David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) method, I found Omnifocus to be the perfect compliment to my work.

It allowed me to create contexts, projects, utilize start dates in lieu of completion dates among a variety of things. The only problem is that I don't work alone. I'm almost always working in a group with at least one or two other people.

Then I realized it was Apple only. Bummer.


The other glaring reality is that The Omni Group is one hundred percent focused on the Apple community. To be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It just becomes problematic in a world where not EVERYONE uses Apple products.

This lead me to search for another solution. I was slow to move away from my beloved Omnifocus because I really didn't believe anything could replace it.

I tried just about everything: +Asana+Wunderlist+Any.do, Google Tasks, etc. Inspired by Bono and U2, I continued my search because ... yes ... I still hadn't found what I was looking for.

Along came Todoist


I don't remember exactly how I landed on Todoist.com, but I did. It immediately caught my attention because it reminded me of Omnifocus. It was as if it was created by the same group but targeted to a cloud-based OCD, to-do list maker like me.

I started checking off my list. (See! I told you I couldn't help myself.)

My top requirements:
  • Inbox centered 
  • Flexible scheduling options 
  • Projects organization
  • Contexts 
  • Cloud-based 
  • Collaboration on projects with others 
  • Cross-platform 
  • Mobile apps

In addition, it has:

Todoist just keeps getting better


Some of the collaboration aspects I have come to depend upon:
  • Upload files right from Cloud storage (e.g. Drive)
  • Make notes that shared project participants see
  • Quickly assign tasks within projects to each team member

It was a no-brainer to sign up for the premium options which gave me:
  • Location-based reminders 
  • Text message reminders 
  • Add tasks via email 
  • Color-code projects 
  • And a variety of other really cool stuff

If you're looking for a To-do app or mid-level project management tool, then give Todoist.com a try. Seriously. You'll love it.

Are you a fan of Todoist? What's your favorite feature?

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