Wunderlist: One of Our Favorite Listmaking Apps
Small-business owners like you have to juggle a lot of balls, and keeping them all in the air is one of the biggest challenges of running your own show. Resolving to “get more organized” in the new year is about as effective as saying you’re going to “just lose some weight.”
How, exactly, do you plan to accomplish your goal?
To succeed, you’ll need a specific strategy and tools, which is where the free list-making and task-organization app called Wunderlist comes in. 6Wunderkinder, the Berlin-based company behind Wunderlist, calls the app “the only way to organize your life and business.” This lofty claim isn’t too far off base.
The beauty of Wunderlist is its simplicity. Unlike Evernote, which tends to fill up with so much data that it groans under its own weight, Wunderlist limits notes and attachments. Instead, the app relies on its simplicity and efficiency to appeal to list-makers on-the-go.
Here are four reasons to give Wunderlist a try:
1. It’s easy to use. Wunderlist strives for the simplicity of a handwritten to-do list: Its lists are easy to create and add to, and tasks can be ticked off with a click. Items may be dragged from list to list, set to recur, and supplemented with short notes and subtasks, as needed.
2. It’s shareable. Via email, you may invite family, friends, and colleagues to on your otherwise private lists with you. This makes Wunderlist an excellent collaboration tool. Wunderlist Pro, the more robust version ($4.99 per user per month), enables even more teamwork by allowing you to assign tasks, attach files, maintain unlimited subtasks, and start live chats.
3. It’s mobile. Wunderlist syncs across all of your devices and thus works beautifully as an always-on assistant. The app is available for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Windows devices; you may also log in via a web browser.
4. It’s persistent. Wunderlist allows you to set reminders and due dates for each one of your tasks. You can receive popups from the app notifying you of the important items and see all upcoming deadlines at a glance.
Katherine Gustafson is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, who loves writing about small business and entrepreneurship. Her first book, Change Comes to Dinner, explores the way entrepreneurs and other visionaries—from greenhouse innovators to no-till wheat farmers—are changing the business of food.