I rhetorically asked on Twitter yesterday if there was a better way to manage my todo lists of scraps of paper, my moleskine, jira and basecamp. I’m not sure that I made it clear: I’m not looking for a replacement for those. They’re not going away. I need a master-something that can manage the fact that my todos are spread over many mediums and systems (by necessity, rather than choice). I can’t manage a 5th system that I’d need to manually synchronise.
So. This is my “in a magical world of unicorns and rainbows” wishlist for a ToDo application:
- Has a web, desktop (not just osx) and mobile client. If I can’t get at it wherever I am, I won’t use it.
- Pulls in and syncs assigned tickets from bug trackers – like Jira, Trac.
- Pulls in and syncs todos from shared workspaces – like Basecamp.
- Needs to be able to pull in tickets/lists from *insert future system a company I will work for will assume is the answer to all their problems*.
- Needs to be free-form enough to add items that don’t have dates.
- If they do have dates, I want to show them on my google calendar.
- Needs to be as quick to throw an item onto the end of the list as it is to scrawl it on a post-it note.
- Have a public sharable view and also private items. Bonus for levels of access to certain friend/colleague/family groups.
- Sets fire to any project manager who thinks sending me an excel spreadsheet of brightly coloured items copied out of Jira will help my day go more smoothly.
- Super dream world: should be able to OCR a photo of scrawled notes from my notebook/hand (ala Evernote) taken by the new shiny.
- Super bonus extra dream world: should offer to make me a cup of tea when it notices a complete nightmare of todos all happening at once.
I’m beginning to think that this was the most accurate response I received:
@phae Personal assistant?
by Paul Haine