Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I love lists.... and Trello

Geez I love a good list.

I'm the guy that needs lists to organise his lists.

I loved Teux Deux for a long time. So simple, so clean, so easy... and you get to cross stuff off! I also have an Android phone and tablet, so when they started charging a minimal subscription for Teux Deux, and still didn't offer an Android app, I bailed....

At about the same time I discovered Trello. (I am a complete Trello fanboy.) However it's not cutting it as a To Do list for me. It is so much more! I have too many boards. I have detailed cards, with attachments, and check lists and tags. I want something like a Trello overlay - something I can scratch notes onto, before they warrant a card in Trello, before the evolve into a fully fledged Trello card.

I've been trying the Momentum add-in for Chrome for a few weeks now. It's almost perfect. Beautiful background picture, a one liner to get you focused for the day, it's in your face when you're about to derail and head into Facebook, or anywhere else you need to not be for a while... and it has the simple, Teux Deux style list in the bottom right corner. I've read that momentum is by no means finished, and there's more to come so I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it, but, lack of centralised storage is the road block for me. If I drop a quick, "remember to read this" not on my Momentum task list, I really need to see that, when I open Chrome, on my laptop or my tablet or phone, of home pc or... Unfortunately, it seems, the to do list is stored locally so what I decide to do at work can't follow me home, and vice versa. So close!

Then, in my eternal quest for the perfect to list, I stumbled across "Remember the Milk". Looked great. I signed up, confirmed, linked to Evernote, Twitter et al. I started entering some tasks and quickly discovered this is a seriously powerful solution. I forced myself to keep my number of lists to three, downloaded the Android app which was pretty slick I must say, and battled on with the clunky web app interface, because, hey it's free - you get what you pay for, I can wear that. The App was nice and I'll spend most of my time there anyway.

So, I checked that my first task entered on the web, showed up on my phone, and pushed on. I entered a couple more tasks, and went to check how tasks in different lists appear in the Android App.... nothing.   Ah ha.. theres a sync button. (Press).... "please wait 24 for your next available sync - or sign up for the Pro version."

Now that's fair enough, nice app, gotta pay - they aren't a charity I get that, but really, I'm already uneasy about the tangents this app is taking me on.... priorities, multiple lists, tags, interaction with other apps, reminders.

Back to my original goal, a simple high level view of what I need to get done. I've got Trello for the details...I'm happy there... I love Trello....I said that didn't I.

So, "Remember the Milk" want $25 for a year's subscription - a very reasonable price for a very powerful system... but I don't want a very powerful system. I want an online task list - that's it. Items in, a couple of lists like I write on the notepad on the desk next to me, that I can get at where ever I am, in the car, at the cricket club, at home on the couch or when I wake up a 3 in the morning and remember that one thing...

Sound familiar - yep, it's Teux Deux. Break out the credit card and subscribe. It's time. Teux Deux will be my 10000 foot view of things, that I don't want to forget. I'm not looking to collaborate, Tweet, blog, email, or share - I just want to move stuff around in  lists and cross them off. When I need to keep notes, comments, add attachments, I'll use Trello (did I mention I love Trello). For the rest, its Teux Deux for me.

I really like all the products I've mentioned here - it comes down to "horses for courses":