Are you a list maker? Me too. It’s gotten even worse since I discovered Wunderlist. This amazing platform allows me to indulge in my list fixation in ways I never though possible.
Wunderlist supports Windows and Mac desktops as well as iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices. There’s a web-based version too. It costs nothing to get started, but upgrading to a premium account ($4.99/mo) adds some very useful features. The basic version does everything you’d expect from a to-do list:
- maintain multiple lists
- set due dates on list items
- share the list with others
- real-time data sync between devices
- reminders and notifications
- include notes on list items
- supports sub-tasks
But don’t just think of it as a to-do list service. It does a lot more. I use it a lot for capturing story ideas. Often those ideas come from an article in my newsreader. Using Wunderlist’s bookmarklet, all it takes is one click. I also keep a list of upcoming presentations with notes on what’s ready and what still needs to be done. My premium account lets me attach files to list items so I can include the presentation file and handouts in each presentation item. Wunderlist supports the iCalendar format so I can subscribe to my Wunderlist feed in my Calendar app and have my deadlines and due dates delivered to my calendar.
I’ve just begun experimenting with Wunderlists’ public lists. I’m still dusting the cobwebs out of the Gazette blog – cleaning up broken links and disappearing images as well as updating out-dated information. Rather than re-write the entire page about digital toolbox resources I decided to give public lists a try. It’s still a work-in-progress but you can take a look at it in action here.
A public list has it’s own online physical location, but it can also be embedded like I did on the resource page. The list title is a link to that location. The list scrolls within the embed window. Notice the icon to the right of some list items? Click on it and additional information is displayed. In this example, I used the Notes field to add more descriptive information about a list item. Even more interesting . . . when I make changes to the list, the embed automatically updates. In a situation like this where things are constantly changing, it’s much easier to update the list than the blog post.
This is just one of the many reasons I am so attached to Wunderlist. If you’re looking for a list that does more, I suggest you take a look for yourself.