I love lists. I love organizing my day. I love marking off what I’ve done. I love anticipating what I have to do — although, I dread some of those items, too.
My current system is one I created in high school. I’ve honed it since, but it is more or less the same. It revolves around a weekly list containing items I don’t want to forget (appointments, when library books are due, maybe specific chores that are impending). And then a each day gets a more specific list. On that one, I also include a time line to get everything done. That timeline is just a suggestion, but it helps me think about how much time each thing might take — or how much time I’m willing to give it.
I’ve tried digital versions of lists in the past from sticky notes on my desktop to fancy calendar programs. I’ve always gone back to my faithful paper notebook.
But sometimes there’s something I need to remember and my, rather large, notebook is home on my desk.
That’s where the Wunderlist iPhone app has come in handy for me. It allows me to make a list on the fly, check off items, set deadlines and send alerts.
It can sync with a desktop version that is completely multi-platform and, huge selling point, completely free. You can share the lists with friends or colleagues with whom you’re collaborating.
You can email yourself tasks, organize them within lists, prioritize and personalize the app to your aesthetic tastes.
Is Wunderlist going to replace my beloved notebook? Probably not. But anyone who loves lists like Wunderlist is cool with me.