The Quicktime application from Apple
Once in awhile I like to write about personal productivity tech tools. I don’t do it very often because I haven’t found many that weren’t more effort to use than they’re worth. But there are exceptions.
I have a hard time with “To Do” lists. I’ve tried to use all the great Tasks apps in Gmail, my CRM system, my Blackberry, “Remember the Milk”, and lots of others but I still end up going back to scribbling notes on a sheet of paper. Of course I lose or misplace the paper then try to remember what I wrote down so I wouldn’t have to remember it. I’m fairly sure I’m not alone although most folks don’t talk about all the stuff they forget or admit they’re personally this disorganized … or as I like to call it “organizationally uberdysfunctional”.
What I’ve always wanted is something that’s just drop dead simple. I want it on my computer and also on my smartphone and the two should play together nicely. I want to be able to quickly scribble all the “to do’s” I think of during the day; I want to assign them to a certain day or have them float in a “when I get around to it” list … until I get around to them. And although it’s theoretically useful, I don’t want to link them to customers or contacts or my calendar or projects or anything else. No bells, no whistles. Oddly enough that’s tough to find in today’s world of “feature rich” productivity tools.
I just found TEUXDEUX (www.teuxdeux), however, and it’s almost exactly what I wanted. In fact the most complicated thing about it is the name that I can’t spell. And if you didn’t get it, it’s pronounced “TO DO”. It’s a “cloud” app that I’ve just made my browser home page. With a beautifully clean and simple screen design, it’s a breeze to type in all my action items, ideas, and meetings by day or in the “Someday” list (love the Someday list!). That’s it! That’s all it does. All those notes and “to do’s” are exactly where I want them when I start up my computer each morning.
They tell me their iPhone app is in beta test and should be available soon. Since I live from my phone having my lists synched will be invaluable. There are a few little feature tweaks that might be nice but I suspect we’ll see these as the product matures. One thing I like, having absolutely no business relevance, is that these guys don’t take themselves too seriously or pretend to have developed the world’s greatest technical innovation. A slightly funky website with a light-hearted message underscores the simplicity and utility of their concept.
TeuxDeux is free and requires only a short, simple sign up. Down the road I expect they’ll have premium upgrades and such – and maybe I’ll even buy them – but for now I’m finally happy. So I suggest you write TeuxDeux in your To Do list and try really hard to remember to check them out. – Tim
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