I was contacted a while ago by Scott Karstetter of Smart To-Do List asking if I’d be interested in reviewing their new Smart To-Do List software. And, of course, never being one to turn down a free lunch I jumped at the chance.
I’ve written recently about the fact that I’m slightly unhappy with the way I’m managing my various tasks and was trying various things to see if I could improve my current productivity methodology. I tried using Thinking Rock as suggested by a reader but I didn’t really get on with that (I’ll put a post up about my experiences soon) and being a paper-based GTD freak I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from their software – especially after my “nightmare” with Thinking Rock!
Scott kindly provided me with a licence for the software so that I could try it out – the usual cost is $14.95 (approximately £7.90 at the time of writing) full the full version so it won’t break the bank, however you can download a free starter version (Limited to 2 projects – and it looks like you have to accept some form of trial offer) so you can test it and see if you’d like to grab the full version.
So, let’s get on with the review – oh, and before I forget this program is Windows only!
On running the program, the first thing I noticed was how uncluttered the interface is. Usually Windows programs are full of icons, menu choices and general gumph that you don’t need. Smart To-Do list has a great interface that allows you to concentrate on getting your projects and tasks into the program.
Smart To-Do List – Initially opening screen
The screen’s broken down into 4 main sections; To-Do/Command (task), Tag, Projects and To-Do list.
The first thing I did was to delete the sample project that comes pre-added (simple right click/delete) and then added a new project. There are loads of shortcut keys available but I didn’t look into these too much as I wanted to get to the meat of the software (and, I was on a PC and get confused with command keys now as I mainly use a Mac!).
Once I created my project I then began to add tasks:
Which can the be “Tagged” – think GTD’s Contexts:
So, at the moment we have our tasks, but which are important? Simple – just click on the grey square to the left of the task and you can change the priority, click again and make the task high priority:
You can filter items so that you can see the different priority items all in one list:
Selecting the “Tag” tag on the left of the screen brings up the tag list (across all projects, not just limited to the project you’re in).
You can the select a tag and view all tasks under that tag:
As mentioned previously, Smart To-Do List is Windows only but it will run from a thumb drive. You can also export your lists in text and HTML formats:
So, what’s my final verdict? I’d definitely use Smart To-Do List if I worked on a predominantly Windows platform but, as I’m more Mac orientated these days it’ll be difficult to use in my everyday working life (until I get Parrallels or similar).
If you’re on Windows and are looking for a really simple and easy to use program I’d heartily recommend Smart To-Do List.
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