Why spend £30 on a to-do app when Apple provide a perfectly adequate task management app for free?

Having tried Things, Todoist, Microsoft To Do, Any.do and even a pure paper approach I have settled back into using the Apple Reminders App to keep on top of my tasks.

Compatability

I have my businesses tasks, client tasks and outsourced client tasks (which are embedded in their systems), tasks for the charities I am involved in, and general life. Whilst I like to compartmentalise all these things, having an overview of everything that I need to get done really helps in the day-to-day.

Apple Reminders nicely integrates with my Office 365 account I use for my business, so I can still create and manage tasks in outlook and see them in Reminders. Plus creating tasks from emails in Outlook is a breeze.

Portability

I always have my phone with me, but I don’t always have my bullet journal with me. Having my phone means I can always add items to the list. So often I can be away from the office, or lying in bed and something comes to mind – a quick note on my phone means those tasks aren’t lost.

Complexity

Apple Reminders isn’t quite as powerful as Things. But the functionality is enough to keep on top of all the tasks that are jockeying for attention. Deadlines, categorisation and flagging is enough for me to manage my task list.

Cost

My last foray into a different digital task list was Things. This was expensive – £10 for the iPhone then an additional £49 for the Mac version. Whilst strictly I didn’t need the mac version, as I spend most of my time working at my desk I felt it was a necessary evil. The cost of this is criminal!

Process

Ultimately whatever tool you use the process you develop is the key to getting things done. I use a hybrid system between Apple Reminders and analogue Bullet Journal notes. I’ll cover that in another post.