Now that 2021 is upon us and whatever New Year’s resolutions you have are still fresh in your mind, it is a great time to capitalize on that energy. One of the best ways of capturing breezy, abstract resolutions and bringing them into reality is to break them down into concrete, actionable goals and projects. Todoist is one of the best apps for exactly that.
Todoist is one of the most popular and well-reviewed productivity apps out there. It allows you to easily collect, organize, and check off professional and personal tasks. It is available on Mac, Windows, iPhone, and Android devices and syncs up across all of them. You can also integrate it with the most popular digital calendars.
As far as the core features go, once you create a task you can assign labels to it, add descriptions and subtasks, attach files to them. Everything you would expect, but Todoist does these features very well, with an intuitive lay out and excellent search features. It’s quite easy to go back and find old tasks, put tasks into different projects and folders, etc.
One of the big selling features of Todoist is its natural language processing. This feature allows you to input, either via text or voice, inputs in normal language that Todoist will then convert to a specific function within the app. So, if you create a task to “Submit weekly sales report every Friday morning” or “Call mom tomorrow” it will create the tasks automatically. The feature is a lot more sophisticated and powerful than these simple examples show, and it really does save a lot of time, especially once you get used to the shortcuts.
Todoist has a fairly limited free version, with the premium build of the app available for a subscription of $4/month or $36/year. There are free, and excellent to-do list apps out there, like Google Tasks, so it’s hard to justify a monthly subscription for everyone. Certainly, depending on your needs Todoist’s more powerful features, like the above mentioned natural language processing, may certainly pay for themselves.
As a final note, how does it compare with Things 3, which we reviewed here a while back? Things 3 is only available on Apple devices. It also costs $50, instead of the monthly subscription fee. Both are solid, well-designed apps, and a lot of it will come down to personal preferences. With Things being an Apple exclusive and a bit pricier, at least initially, Todoist is perhaps somewhat more accessible. On the other hand, features like the calendar view and truly exceptional visual design give Things the upper hand in my estimation.
Todoist is available here.