So, for a guy who plays a lot of videogames, I’m unusually busy. I have dayjob tasks, writing tasks, video tasks, social tasks, and stay-alive human tasks. I’m constantly looking for better productivity software so that I can get more stuff done while making sure nothing fall through the cracks, all with the greater goal of earning more free time so that I can spend sit on my couch playing videogames. I’ve always made lists to stay organized, and a little over a year ago I started trying out different to-do list software suites. Unfortunately, I almost feel like I’m wasting more time trying to find the right to-do list software than I am saving time using the software.
I started with Things for Mac. It’s a very simple to-do list, no bells and whistles, but that means it gets the simple stuff right. I bought the desktop version and iPhone version, and for a while that did me okay. Unfortunately, it didn’t offer cloud-syncing, and then it wanted to charge me a third time—another $20—to get the iPad version of the software I had already paid for twice. They promised cloud syncing in a future update, but I kept waiting and waiting and that future update wasn’t coming.
I switched to a free program called Wunderlist. It is free on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It has free cloud-syncing between all your devices. The interface isn’t as smooth as Things for Mac, it doesn’t sort to-do list items in the order I’d wish (new items on top), but the cloud-syncing and the cool cost of FREE made me live with those issues until I became used to those issues until I stopped seeing those things as real issues.
Now, nine months later, Things for Mac finally has cloud-syncing, but I think it’s too late. I’m already used to Wunderlist, and I’m not going to pay $20 to buy the program for a third time. I’ve heard good things about OmniFocus, but it’s pricey as well. Eh, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll just go back to pen and paper lists, never had to worry about cloud-syncing with those.