Ditch iPhone Reminders, get Wunderlist

Wunderlist: Stay OrganizedIf you’re like me, you can’t remember the last time you were ‘bored’. I haven’t used the word in years. Wait, I did a few weeks ago. I was at home in my kitchen, pacing around the island. The robot slipped a gear, as I fought to grasp the idea, “could I possibly be bored!?”. I found something to do quickly and that was that.

My point is, with how busy we are these days, it’s easy to fall out of sync. ARGH! I forgot my friends birthday. ARGH! I didn’t feed my girlfriend’s cat. ARGH! I have an TV station event this weekend. Art show. Downtown. Don’t miss it.

I was excited to see in Apple’s recent update to provide ‘Reminders’ and ‘Tasks’. A neat little app to help you control your life. I used it for a few minutes and found it wasn’t suitable for my OCD personality. I like to see my tasks completed when I cross them off. It’s a sense of accomplishment. So with that, I was jazzed when my girlfriend Tara introduced me to a few options outside ‘Reminders’. I was quickly sold with Wunderlist.


In full disclosure, I’ve only been using this a few days, but loving it. Wunderlust claims it forces you to become productive.

“Organize everything – Start boosting your daily productivity now, no matter what needs to be done, from shopping lists to projects and todos – there is Wunderlist to manage it all.”

You can’t beat the price. $fr.ee. Love that. And it even gives love to all of you PC users out there. It works on iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac and PC. I recently picked up a new iPad 3 – so I’m building my organizational empire. I downloaded Wunderlist on my Mac Pro at home, my MacBook Pro (that goes with me everywhere), my new iPad and my iPhone. Solid.

When I make an update, it kicks around iCloud and updates my devices into all of my ‘Lists’. I have lists for TV, my other ventures and a great option with Wunderlist – a shareable list. I have a list for my girlfriend and I so we can kick to-do items back and forth and check it off when completed. I had to put in a very important task for tonight:

Important Task!
This was my test to-do item for tonight, but yes, it’s important! A great feature of Wunderlist is the ability to share your lists.

But you get the idea. It works. She can see the task, as can I. And we get stuff done.

And as I said earlier, you can check off your tasks and it shows them under the open items – grayed out with a strikethrough. You can delete them at your leisure.

Other options include: Printing your lists, collaborating with others via an 1-time email sharing, kicking up to iCloud and CloudApp for seamless multi-device integration, drag and drop list items, reminders via messages and emails, add notes to tasks and multiple backgrounds.

All in all, I think it’s productivity at its best at a time where we all need to really streamline what we’re doing because there is SO much going on. If you’re the type who loves the notepad and Uni-ball Vision Black Micro pen (the best) and simply can’t break away, don’t. Stay with what works. But if you’re trying to mesh your daily appointments and tasks neatly into your online/social/computerized bubble that is Life…then Wunderlist is just what the OCDoctor ordered!

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Josh Benson


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