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Review: Wunderlist

While it isn’t my perfect productivity tool, Wunderlist is a pretty amazing task management app that I wanted to share with y’all. Watch the video review & see my notes below:

Bonus: Because I’m feeling frisky & easily entertained, the first 3 people to email me telling me what each of those tasks was referencing gets free goodies. (Preferably without using Google, but obvs I won’t know if you do or not. Joe Strummer’s watching you from the afterlife though, & he won’t be pleased.*)

What it does really, really well:

  • The design. Every time I log in, I want to send a screenshot of Wunderlist to all of the badly designed, clunky productivity tools out there. Hey, ugly, hard-to-use thing. Check out Wunderlist. It mocks you with its prettiness.Β 
  • Ease of use. Drag and drop, intuitive interface, easy to jump in and just start using. (I suppose this kind of goes under good design but it bears repeating.)
  • If all you need is basic task management, Wunderlist has that in spades. Just go sign up now, don’t even look at anything else. You’ll thank me later.

What doesn’t work for me:

  • Β This is all me and doesn’t have anything to do with Wunderlist itself, but something about the way it’s set up makes it really easy for me to overload myself. I think that if I could see the days of the week with how many tasks were assigned to each day, in an at-a-glance manner, it’d be easier to prevent that.
  • If you really need to handle multiple projects at once, Wunderlist might be a little too simple for you. And I’m not sure how it works for collaboration since I haven’t tested that aspect of it.
That’s pretty much it.

Who this would be really great for:

  • People who appreciate good design & the ability to customize their tools.
  • People who want something that’s always accessible via mobile apps. (I can’t speak for the Android app, but the iPhone app has been totally glitch free & easy to use for me.)
  • People who don’t need to manage multiple projects at once.
  • People who don’t need a visual layout to keep from getting confused and/or overwhelmed.
If you fit the above criteria? I would highly recommend you check Wunderlist out.
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for the next video, & don’t forget to send me an email when you figure out the references πŸ˜‰

*That was a hint. I’m being extra-plus generous today.

8 Comments

  1. Michelle, I wanted to ask you one thing I could not manage in Wunderlist (have been trying it out since yesterday – I am hoping it can replace the ToDo-List I keep in Numbers which I find tedious to update):
    When I star an item, but do not have a date for it, it does not pop up when I go to “todos for tomorrow” or any other view.
    So what about (for example) recurring todos for my Most Important Tasks? I want to make those starred tasks and have them pop up daily.
    Would I give them a date in the past, so that they are always overdue?

    Thank you for scouting the waters of productivity tools for us – I am really glad you do πŸ™‚
    Kind regards,
    Nina

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    • Hey Nina! You actually touched on something really pertinent that totally slipped my mind in the video & post – you CAN’T do recurring tasks with Wunderlist. You can with their sister-app Wunderkit (which is made by the same team but doesn’t sync up with Wunderlist yet, I think this is something they’re working on).

      Although – if you star an item but don’t give it a date, you should be able to check all of your starred items by clicking on the little star in the lower-left hand corner (it’s been an infinity symbol & a checkmark). That might be an acceptable stand-in in the meantime? It still won’t send you daily reminders, but if you could make it a part of your system to check it daily, that might help.

      Let me know if I can help any more & thanks for the smart question πŸ™‚

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  2. Yes, you are right. I overlooked the option to only view starred items.
    But knowing myself, it’s always “dangerous” having to keep one more thing to check in mind.
    I emailed Wunderkinder about recurring todo’s. It would also be a good thing for sports etc. Maybe having two sorts of stars: one for one-time tasks with a date or no date, one for recurring tasks where we can enter the mode of recurrence – just like in iCal or such.

    Have you tried Wunderkit yet? I could not make out from their website what the main difference between Wunderlist and Wunderkit will be.

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    • I’ve poked around Wunderkit a little bit but not a whole lot. The main difference is that Wunderkit is designed so that you can create a lot of projects and then save notes/tasks/etc. on those projects, as well as being able to look from the main overview screen at them. I’ll be reviewing it soon, if I get the video done in the next day or two I’ll email it to you before I post it on the blog so that you can see what it looks like πŸ™‚

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  3. I can’t believe that even with this app there’s still a rivalry between iPhone and Android. LOL. team Andoid over here by the way.

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  5. Why a rivalry, Mollie?
    I have not downloaded it yet for mobile apps (Team Android here too, btw), but will.
    I tend to use everything on iPod and Samsung/Android phone, lol. So I can stash one device upstairs in the kiddie rooms and one is with me. Works great with Evernote.

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