As I’ve talked about a long while ago in a previous post, being organized is incredibly important for success in the classroom, in the workplace, and just in life in general. However, for many of us (myself especially), it can be really challenging.
But recently, I’ve found myself being a a lot more organized thanks to a fantastic app called Wunderlist. Wunderlist is a to-do list application, though it is very much unlike anything that I’ve seen before. The long and short: It will help turn your to-do lists into DONE lists.
What makes it so special? Wunderlist, of course, allows you to type in tasks to help you keep track of all the stuff that you need to do, like any other to-do list app. But, aside from being incredibly versatile (there’s a mobile app available on kindle fire, apple, android, and, amazingly, windows phones; a desktop app on mac, windows, and chromebook; plugins for chrome, safari, and firefox; and, finally, it is accessible on wunderlist.com), it also allows you to do some pretty unique things that other to-do list apps can’t. For example, you can:
- Set separate due dates and reminders – if you’re anything like me, you need a heads up a few days in advance before something needs to be done. Wunderlist allows you to set reminders that are separate from the due dates for individual tasks, allowing you to receive notifications well in advance of task due dates. You can also set repeating due dates and reminders for weekly or monthly tasks.
- Create sub-tasks – every have a project on your to-do list that is actually 10 different steps? Wunderlist let’s you input those specific steps as subtasks to be checked off individually as they’re completed. This will help you make sure that, by the end of your big project, you haven’t missed a thing!
- Collaborate with others – many features of Wunderlist make it the perfect app for group work: you can share lists with friends/group mates, assign specific tasks to individual list members, and even post comments on tasks which are sent to other group members as a message. Wunderlist also provides users with a certain amount of cloud storage space, which you can use to upload files onto specific tasks.
- Organize your organizer –Wunderlist also allows you to organize your list however you want using a number of tools; first, you can use categories to group similar lists together. Second, you can use tags in task titles to organize tasks across all your lists and list categories. Finally, Wunderlist has a number of organizing tools built-in, which will organize tasks across all your lists by date (daily, weekly, monthly) and priority (you can *Star high-priority tasks).
There are tons more features that make this app awesome, so I encourage you to check it out for yourself. The best part: IT’S COMPLETELY FREE! And, as a student, there’s not much better than that.
Give it a try! Until next time,
~ Christopher Ford
This app is one of many awesome apps that can do a lot to make life as a student easier – stay tuned for more posts in the future about great apps for students that you can download before the start of the FW 2015-16 term!