In our newest blog series, we are discussing the 3rd wave of the cloud conversation – how to manage mission critical business applications in the cloud to increase productivity and realize a greater reduction in the cost of running your business. In first foure installments of the series, we covered Geckoboard, AwayFind, inDinero, and finally Highrise. In this edition of the series, we will discuss a web based note-taking and organizational application that has an easy, well-designed and flexible interface that takes the to-do list to the next level.
With all of the smart phones, tablets, and pcs we all use to simplify and organize our busy lives, we should be able to keep track of all of the lists, ideas, notes, reminders, and to-dos that bombard us throughout the day. If you need to jot something down on the fly or make a quick reminder note there really aren’t many flexible, lightweight solutions available. Some people use OneNote, Evernote, Basecamp or other similar applications but these solutions are kind-of overkill and cumbersome for this type of list-making. Others might make notes in a notepad or word doc that they leave open on their desktop or worse, jot notes on post-its that clutter up the desktop.
Workflowy has been described by users as a web based, endlessly flexible, one-list-to-rule-them-all organizational tool. It can help you organize your personal lists, notes and reminders, collaborate with others on team projects, plan events, and write papers and articles. At first glance the interface is deceptively no-frills. You are essentially creating text-based lists. With a few commands you can indent a list item, make an annotation, zoom in on it, and check it off when completed. Tasks can be tagged for grouping across list layers, and it’s easy to select parts of lists with other users to identify tasks that everyone should participate in. Concerned your critical to-dos might get lost in the lists – tag them as #urgent and then click #urgent and you will see a list of everthing with that tag.
When you begin using Workflowy you begin to realize that everything from a phone number you want to remember to notes from research for your book project can be easily organized, sorted, and managed in this suprisingly useful interface. To learn if Workflowy is a good organizational solution for your business, signup for the standard free-version. For the super-users, the “Pro” upgrade for $4.99 a month offers offline access to the application.
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