I Need Advice…
… about software, and it just occurred to me that this might be a great place to ask for it. Do any of you use a task-management software that you might recommend (or caution me against trying)?
I have multiple projects I’m working on these days, and I’m always having ideas for new ones that I’d like to start. Some of these projects are relatively complicated in that they have multiple tasks, each of which has a very specific deadline. Others are simply a thing I need to get done. Others are projects that occur to me to start at some point when I have a bit of extra time. One of the negative aspects of retirement is that it’s easy to find yourself saying at 10:00 in the morning, “I don’t have anything to do today,” and then remembering at 10:00 at night that there was this great idea you had that you wanted to get started on and today would have been a perfect time to do something about it had it been on your radar. I used to have an amazing staff person who helped me keep track of all the balls I had in the air as well as all the balls I wanted to add to the mix, but it turns out when you retire they don’t let you take those people home and keep them. (It’s a real flaw in the whole system.)
So I could really use some help.
Here is my wish list for a task-management system:
- It should be electronic (not a paper Franklin-Covey-like calendar), and it needs to be available on Mac.
- It would be nice if it had apps for iPhone and iPad as well, and be able to sync to them.
- It should be able to keep track of projects as well as individual tasks.
- It should have some kind of calendar system with alerts.
- It would be extra awesome if I could in someway attach links to documents or files on my computer (or pages from the web), so if for example I am supposed to follow up on a writing project I don’t have to go hunting for everything I’ve already starting to use on that project.
- It would be nice if there was some way to prioritize both the tasks and the projects, so that if I had just an hour of time I could tell at a glance if I had anything urgent coming up rather than review everything I’ve entered on my to-do list.
- Because I am me, it would be best if it was fairly intuitive and easy, and not something I needed to devote a day or more learning how to use (like Daylite).
Any suggestions? What do you folks use?