For a long time now, I’ve considered Remember the milk as the best way to manage my tasks and keep life organized. It has it’s troubles and it can get a little slow at times, but the power it provided me was unparelleled. So what if I never used half of it’s feature set? It just felt like the best online todo manager out there!
That was till I came across Todoist. To start with, it felt a bit too simple; especially for someone coming from the overtly heavy interface of Remember the milk. I had a ton of questions – including the most basic of things like “How do I set the priority of a task while creating it?” and “Can I set a time rather than just the date?”. But a beautifully minimalistic ‘Info’ page and a series of screencasts with audio (and the author’s loveably different accent) made things crystal clear. Within minutes, I had become a power user with the application and in less than a day todoist took over everything else I had ever used as my task manager of choice.
I’ve been using it for a week now and it has very quickly become much more than a way to organize my day-to-day tasks. I’ve created a number of lists – birthdays, movies to watch, music to buy, etc. And the best part is that there’s not a single day that goes by without letting me discover a powerful new feature or use for the application.
Todoist is my example for a lot of things – an ideal web 2.0 application, a lesson in responsiveness (not just on the web, but even in desktop applications), a brilliant example of what one man’s genius can achieve… But above all, it is a great example of how a simple interface can pack a shipload of power!