I will be posting “Software for Geeks” series on an on-going basis. Every post in this series will be about a specific type of software. Let us review the following five different free web based to-do list software in this post.
Geeks have several new technologies to explore and cool gadgets to play with. Managing the tasks and the list of things to do effectively is a boring and important part of Geek’s life. Take a test drive of all of these five softwares and choose the one that best fits your needs. Just testing these software and exploring their features is the fun part.
Apart from adding the tasks directly from the UI, you can also send an email that will create the tasks automatically. This feature is very handy if you have the ability to send emails from your mobile. You can also create multiple lists/categories. For e.g. If you are using GTD productivity framework, you can create @Errands, @Home, @Work lists. When the task is due, it can send reminders to email, SMS or IM. You can also share the tasks with somebody else. Remember the milk has lot of features and you may have to spend few minutes to really understand how to use the application.
You can manage the tasks from the browser even when you are not connected to Internet. When you connect back to Internet all your offline updates to the tasks will be synchronized automatically to the server. This is done using the Google gears.
(2) Ta-da List
If you like simplicity, you should definitely check this out. This is a very simple and easy to use to-do list. Nothing more and nothing less. You can create a task online, group them in lists, email the lists and share it with friends.
Gubb has very colorful UI. Like other to-do list software, this also lets you create list, share and email list. This also has the ability to assign a due-date, request a copy of the list from your email and set different color for every list. Apart from giving different color to every list, you can also rearrange the list on the home page.
(4) Bla-Bla List
Like Ta-da list, Bla-Bla list is also very simple to use. This has only the features that you really need to use. The UI is little boring and dull on this one. This uses adobe flash player.
I just wish Google develops a full blown task management software. If you use iGoogle, a simple solution is to add the very simple and functional To-Do list gadget provided by Google on your iGoogle home page.
As a final thought, getting things done was never about the tools or the software. You can be very effective just by using pen and paper to manage your tasks. So, don’t get trapped into using the different fancy features of all the web based to do softwares, as many of those features are time wasters. Just use the features that you need the most and focus on doing your tasks and get it done.
There are several other web based To-Do List software available. Which is your favorite one and why?