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Online Outliner – To Do List Manager: Todoist

April 2nd, 2007 · 4 Comments

I am in love with Todoist, the simple todo list manager.

Todoist is a new kind of todo list, that’s useful and easy to use.


So what is it that makes Todoist better than the other to-do list managers out there?
Off the top of my head, the following features impress me the most:

  1. A dead simple, but dropdead gorgeous design.
  2. Create an infinite number of “projects”
  3. Create nested to-do lists. Ctrl+Right moves a to-do list item to the right, and that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using keyboard shortcuts
  4. Easy to use formatting
  5. Easy to enter dates/times and to create recurring items: Write “every day at 1 PM” to schedule an item to recur every day at 13:00 hrs!
  6. Create items with or without checkboxes
  7. Prioritize items
  8. Get a list of items due today, this week etc, even create custom queries for different lookups of items on your to-do list. You don’t have to search for the links to do these – there are a minimal number of links and all of them are placed in just the perfect place.

All of it reminds me of the Vim Outliner. This is like a Web 2.0 incarnation of the Vim Outliner, just a lot trimmed down.

I would love to have a Vim outliner style task/project completion estimate, based on the number of checkboxes (and their “depth”) that have been completed.

Also the the todoist homepage could make do with a list of features. Heck, even this article of mine does a better job of “selling” todoist than the homepage!

Todoist is brought to the world by the talented Amir Salihefendic, who also brought us the simple and beautiful Skeletonz, which is a Python powered CMS.