In December, I wrote a blog entry about my several-year journey through various list-keeping apps that eventually has landed on Wunderlist as my current "go-to" tool for tracking open items at work and at home. I promised at the time of that post that I would follow up with a description of the features that especially appeal to me. Here's a quick list, in no particular order:
1. It's always at my fingertips. Whether I'm viewing my iPhone, iPad or working at my desktop computer at home or work, Wunderlist is ever-present and always up-to-date, as its syncing process is immediate. So you can add an entry on one device and then just to your next device.
2. It looks pretty much the same, regardless of platform. You don't have to invest a lot of time learning different interfaces on the various platforms. While there are a few things that are a bit different between the various implementations of Wunderlist, if you learn how to use it on one platform, you'll have a pretty easy time with it on any other device.
3. It allows for very quick entry of new to-do's. You simply click on "Add a todo...", start typing and when you're done, hit the enter key. Adding a due date is optional but easily done.
4. It has an ever-present sidebar that promotes easy categorization of your to-do's. There are three default "smart lists": Starred, Today, and Week which automatically contain just what they say - any items you "star" are in the first smart list, anything due today or past due are in the second, and the third one contains what's due within the week, separated by day.
5. It has a simple method of creating lists and folders to group together related lists. Folders can be used to separate your lists into groups, such as separating you work lists from your personal lists or to collect special projects. For example, I have a "Work" folder, a "Home folder, and a special folder for my lists of to-do's relating to my management of this website.
6. It is easy to move a to-do from one list to another. We don't always want to choose a list category when we are jotting down a new to-do on the fly. So there is a default "inbox" where any uncategorized to-do resides until you move it to the desired list. Also, if you later decide that a to-do belongs better in a different list, it is easily moved. In fact, moving a to-do on either the iPhone or iPad is actually kind of fun - you just drag it to the top of the screen and it presents all of your lists into which you can easily move the item.
7. It has some hidden features in a slide-out panel that gives you additional choices to capture details on each to-do. For any to-do, you can also set a due-date reminder, add a checklist of detailed sub-tasks, add notes or even attach a file, such as a photo or a document.
So that's my more detailed take on why Wunderlist is the to-do list keeper for me, at least until something even better comes along, which, in today's world of even more creative developers, is a distinct possibility. If you haven't tried Wunderlist yet, you own it to yourself to see whether it might be a good fit for you too.