This week I watched David Allen’s TEDx talk, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Allen talks about how to manage your workflow. Until now, I didn’t think there was such a thing as “stress-free” productivity. I have always been someone who needs to write things down. I make endless lists on Post-It notes, napkins, the back of an envelope, in the notepad on my phone, on my receipt from the grocery store; basically anything laying around. While it helps for me to write down things I must remember to do, you can see how this is not the most organized system, therefore it is definitely not stress-free. When trying to find a tool to help manage my workflow, I was looking for something that I could use on my phone. I can’t even count how many times I’ve thrown away something that I have written a list on or how many piles of random Post-Notes I have found in my coat pockets. Using my phone will alleviate the stress of misplacing a list or having too many to-do lists.
While exploring the suggested tools, Wunderlist immediately caught my attention. I have tried to use apps on my phone before to stay organized but I have never had any success. When I downloaded Wunderlist, l liked it immediately. Wunderlist is simple, effective, and aesthetically appealing (seems unrelated to productivity, I know). I especially liked the feature that allows you to create multiple lists based on your needs, such as “work” or “shopping”. You can also star items on your lists to mark what is most important or needs to be done first. When you complete a task, you check the box. It makes the most satisfying sound of scratching an item off of your to-do list, and showing it crossed off under “completed items”. This has to be my favorite feature. There is (almost) nothing better than seeing a to-do list with every item crossed off (which means it’s just time to start your next list).