A couple of weeks ago we wrote about some select project management tools out there. If you like to manage your time on a micro as well as a macro scale, this post is for you.
When considering marketing campaigns, project management is comprised of many moving parts. Projects wouldn’t move forward without the individuals assigned to complete component tasks involved. While managing overall projects in PM software is helpful, it might be nice to migrate component tasks related to multiple projects to your own to-do list. Add your personal to-dos and you’ve got yourself a checklist, only it’s accessible on your phone and computer.
Noted as the “easiest way to get stuff done,” the brilliant thing about Wunderlist is that it is responsive not only to work, but your life in general. Even if work/life balance isn’t your thing, it can at least be on your Wunderlist to-do lists. Laid out like a traditional checklist (you can even gratifyingly check off contingent to-dos), Wunderlist can do lots of things that a traditional paper to-do list can’t. You can share your to-dos with other people, have reminders sent to your phone and access the programme on iOS (including Apple Watch), Android, Windows 10 (and Phone), Kindle and online. Basically everywhere and probably explains why the company was snapped up by Microsoft this summer.
There are circumstances when you might want to move tasks into your own systems and use your more familiar selection of organisational tools.
With a clean, simple interface and helpful task classification tools, Todoist is a great tool for those of us who are slightly more meticulous than the average person. Location-based reminders are a great added functionality to the traditional to-do list, as is offline functionality. You can also lay out your to-dos in sequence so you can make sure to track the process as well as your progress. Todoist is available on most mobile devices, on desktop and online, over 15 platforms in fact. Some features are only available with a paid upgrade to their premium tier but it is inexpensive and transforms the app into a far more accomplished project management system suited to larger teams.
Probably the most ubiquitous name on the list, Evernote is less a to-do list, and more an online note taking and organisation tool – a superb catch-all shoebox. Users can create notes, which can be formatted text, a webpage, voice memo, image or even PDF. Plus can also add all manner of file attachments to notes. Notes can then be sorted in to folders and tagged, commented on, searched and even exported to another notebook. Clearly, both the strength and limitation of Evernote is the fact that it can be a to-do list, as well as anything else you make it. The options are endless, which means collecting your thoughts – which Todoist and Wunderlist walk users through – can be a difficulty. Again, leveraged the right way, for example sharing notebooks and using the accompanying chat feature to keep in touch with colleagues, Evernote scales to more than simple note-taking, to-dos and checklists.
These are great tools for entrepreneurs, executives and everyone in between to manage all the things on the old to-do list. This barely scratches the surface of what can be achieved with some of the tools available whether free or paid, mobile or desktop.