How do you keep track of the things you have to do? Being an old-fashioned soul, I use a paper desk diary to note down my jobs and it’s full of lists written once, then rewritten and written again.
I’m told there are some rather good apps and other bits of software out there that could make life a lot easier for me. But I’m not technically minded and I need some persuading. San and I came up with this list of pros and cons:
Paper to-do lists
- No training required
- You can always find paper and a pen
- You don't need a power supply or an internet connection
- Your pad isn’t constantly telling you what you’ve forgotten to do
- Not great for collaboration
- Not easy to change priorities, due dates, etc., or for seeing upcoming tasks at a glance
- Not dynamic - items don't change as they approach deadline
- No automatic reminders
Software based to-do lists
- Can follow your around - on your computer, phone, tablet, etc.
- Can be shared, tracked, monitored by team – good for collaboration
- Can sync with other services, like Twitter, email, etc.
- You can set reminders about important things
- You need a device on you, power and connectivity
- Some training required, and set-up time
- Services may go out of fashion or out of business
What do you recommend?
So that’s we think. But what about you? And what to-do list software should I be using? Please leave your comments below.
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Simon Wicks, Enterprise Nation editor
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