Creating, ideas, getting and things done need to have structure. It can be simple or it can be very complex. It works best on your own terms. But most times it centers around to-do lists. To-do lists range from the simple lined sheet of paper to some complex web app that shares tasks with a whole team. Today I thought I’d share with you some to-do list options that have lots of potential depending on your work environment and your personal way of doing things.
1) Paper – One of the oldest ways of doing to-do lists is writing it down on paper. This has morphed over the years to more trendy forms of to-do lists like using a Moleskine, but all the same. Depending on your style paper can be a great way to dive into To-Do lists. If it’s something you keep with you all the time (like a moleskine) then even better.
2) Action Method – Action Method is a method (obviously) of managing a to-do list. Created by the genius’s behind the Behance network it’s designed to be used in a way that suits you best. It’s flexible and has “rules”. You can use Action method via paper products the company sells, Action Method Online, or by using one of their Action Method Apps. Either way I find this to be one of the most helpful tools out there when it comes to getting things done. This method along with their book has helped me immensely.
3) Evernote – I’ve blogged about Evernote before but another great use for it is to use it as a to-do list. If you have a smartphone, and a computer or access to the internet you can always have access to Evernote (and your to-do list). Evernote actually has great check-box lists you can make to help it feel even more like a list. Again, Evernote can do much more then this, but it’s a good option if you already spend a lot of time in it.
4) Clear – Clear is one of the most simple to-do apps that I have ever come across. I’m more of a paper person when it comes to to-do lists but I use Clear often. Because of it’s simplicity I use it for quick lists. Grocery store lists or maybe a list of errands I have to run on a Saturday. I don’t usually recommend breaking up lists between mediums but Clear is perfect for it. You can also use it for more complex lists as well. You can have categories, sublists, etc. Check it out here.
5) Orchestra T0-Do – One of the last apps that I’ve been wowed by is Orchestra. This is another app that can be used personally or with a team or really any individual for that matter. It’s got a great user interface and has some great features like “speak your to-do” and chats with other people centered around items on your list. Again, if I was going to use an app I would strongly consider this one. They also have a great web app companion to use on your computer. Check out the App and Online versions here.
There are five options for you. (In case you were looking for something like this) I’d love to hear what you use. I know there are so many options out there. What kind of struggles have you had with to-do lists?