My brief and a somewhat disastrous fling with TickTick made me reevaluate my relationship with Todoist. I have been a premium member for many years and nothing gives me more pleasure than responding to the alert that my annual subscription is due than to cough up for another 12 months. Next month I shall be whipping out the debit card and for the price of a cup of coffee a month, my life will remain organised and in control
Since my last article on Todoist the service has grown at an incredible rate. I believe Doist, the parent company, now employees more than 200 people in 20 countries, demonstrating that not only is remote working possible but that it is positively productive. The other aspect of Doist that I admire is that it has resisted the urge to sell out for millions of dollars. Let the disaster of Microsoft acquiring Wunderlist be a cautionary tale.
So, what is it that is not only endearing but enduring about Todoist? One of the key features is that although the user interface seems to have hardly changed in years, dig down and you will find significant changes. For example, if you want to move tasks from one day to another, you no longer have to open it up and change the date, you just drag n drop it to the date required.
Perhaps the biggest advance for me is the introduction of boards. I never got on with Trello, but the implementation of boards just gels with my way of working. It is odd that since retiring, I rely more and more on Todoist to keep me on track. This is a dual effect of Todoist being state of the art and my brain being the state of the ark. If you are still working you will be sick and tired of retirees saying that they did not know how they had time to work.
But it is true. Old Fart projects take on a new dimension. For example, I have three large raised vegetable beds and a greenhouse and during the summer they grow broad beans, runner beans, courgettes, onions, potatoes, leeks, parsnips, beetroot and a herb section you can see from the International Space Station. The greenhouse provides enough aubergines to supply a national moussaka festival, cucumbers, chillies galore and tomatoes.
All this takes planning and noting down when certain vegetables have to be planted, watered, any additional nutrition added, etc. Todoist to the rescue. Todoist tries to make itself so flexible that it appeals to every style of productivity management. such as Getting Things Done, Podomoro, etc. It assists these by smart lists that fill up automatically based on preset rules. For example, all tasks which are due today, or already overdue, will be visible within the Today view. They are still part of another task list but are simply summarized within the Today overview.
This way, one can see at glance, which tasks should be tackled next. Similarly, the Next 7 days view does the same for the next week – in a calendar-ish overview with all tasks due within the next days. Todoist is perfect for team working and I will not duplicate how this is done here but point you to the blog post here. The other thing worth noting is that the service is available on pretty much a platform in the known multiverse which makes collaboration with others possible regardless of whether they are on Android, Windows PC, IoS, Linux … the list goes on and on.
There are experts out there far better qualified than me to sing the praises of Todoist and I will leave you with this video by Carl Pullein.