It is the year of "i" -
And now we have iGoogle. I'm in love.
The best thing for me about iGoogle is that I can have widgets for all the web functions that I previously accessed by
1) going to Google.com
2) searching for what I wanted (e.g., dictionary)
3) selecting the link I wanted from the list of search results
4) using the function.
With iGoogle, everything I use frequently is there on my start page. Instead of the cumbersome multi-step process, I can get what I want in one click. I can move things around to suit my fancy. I can minimize things I use infrequently so they don't "clutter" my world.
Since I work at a place that blocks certain sites (like gmail...), I am absolutely thrilled that there is a gmail widget that lets me preview my gmail subject lines. This way I can glance at my screen, notice any messages that are time critical, and take action when appropriate.
So in all this beauty, I decided I wanted to upgrade from the limited "sticky note" widget to a more formal "to do" list. I didn't hold out a lot of hope, because to do lists don't work for me. I have too many balls in the air and nothing had worked for my "style." I searched for "to do" in the widget finder, and selected several likely candidates, one of which was called todoist.
Upon reviewing the list candidates on my home page, todoist was a clear standout - I find it fundamentally aesthetically pleasing. With a couple of clicks I was watching the explanatory webcast. The structure is elegant and adaptable to a wide range of needs. I can do recurring tasks (type something like "ev weekday" in the "due by" field), I can create flat task lists or hierarchical task lists. I can create "chains" (append !chain to a task) to see if I've been consistent on those quotidian tasks. I can create a task for filing taxes (ev 15 apr) or scheduling my annual physical (ev 8 Feb) , knowing it will show up quietly and persistently when it needs to happen.
I can assign priorities (1-4) to tasks to affect how they present/sort on my screen (important for the widget with it's reduced display area). I can move tasks from one category to another. I can capture notes (prepending "* " in front of the note text to differentiate it from a task).
I went through the notebook I've used for notes and taken all the starred items (my manual symbol that it's an action item) and transferred all that to todoist. I had a recent shift in job responsibilities, and the todoist list for the area I'm relinquishing made turnover painless (for me - the younger man assuming my former duties is still shell shocked...).
I'm a day into it and todoist is tracking 48 action items for me - and that doesn't count the dozen or more that I've retired during that time because todoist helped me focus.
Here are what other (more coherent) people say about todoist: http://todoist.com/Help/viewBuzz
The free version is fantastic. And for just $3 per month you can upgrade to take advantage of additional features that the serious net-savvy, mobile "to do" lister could use to make this sweet little tool even more useful in cutting through life's clutter.