What is it?
Toodledo is a task management tool which gives you all of facilities you need to implement GTD (Getting Things Done) a time management methodology. While GTD has a number of dedicated advocates it's not necessary to become a follower in order to get some real benefit from Toodledo. I'd be lost with out it, if nothing else it means I have tackled the problems of having a desk full of hastily taken notes and an inbox full of emails to process.
Toodledo is a free web based tool you can access from any browser and there are also free apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices. Toodledo adopts a Freemium business model meaning that the core facilities are provide free (without adverts) but advanced features such as sharing lists with others require a subscription.
Why use it?
As with the earlier post on Evernote the main reason for using Toodledo is to-do lists which sync between all of you devices. So, how would you choose which to use? My feeling is that Evernote is better for note taking and dumping the details of conversations, ideas and important email snippets. I view it like a digital log book. The CEO of Evernote stated recently that he thought Evernote wasn't great for to-do lists yet, so if your focus is dealing with lists and managing your attention on tasks then Toodledo might be the place to start.
If you decide you need both of these tools in your life then it's worth looking at how people make productivity tools work together. A simple example is how to link to Evernote from ToodleDo.
The power of Toodledo is how it provides different views on your tasks. Folders, contexts, priority and stars give you the flexibility to organise tasks in a way that fits how you think and work.
To give you a flavour of how it works let's take the top five items from your current to-do list and add them to Toodledo. We will then use Toodledo to manage these tasks until they are complete, if you find that it works well for you just keep adding more.
1. Register for an account at http://www.toodledo.com/signup.php
2. Once you've signed in you can start creating tasks straight away. The screenshot below shows the main toolbar from where you can simply add tasks in the "Quick Add Task" box or use 'Add Task' to provide additional detail:
3. By now you should have five tasks in your list. You could stop here and simply use Toodledo to be a drop box of everything you need to action but in a few more steps we have a simple way to categorise your tasks. Access the "Folders" section under the "Organize" menu item.
4. Go back to the main page ("Tasks"). Each of your tasks will show "No Folder" under the "Folder" heading. Click on "No Folder" and add your task to the appropriate folder. You can do the same for due date and priority if you like.
5. Now we are in a position to demonstrate how Toodledo lets you view tasks in different ways. Use the left-hand menu shown below to view tasks by folder, due date or how recently they've been changed.
6. There are lots of ways to organise and view tasks so continue to explore the options and perhaps share what you find as a comment on this post. Contexts are a good way to bring some order to a long list without creating lots of folders. If you start using Toodledo full time I recommend looking at contexts.
7. Obviously the most important thing is marking an item as complete, just click on the tick box at the left-hand side of the task and it will be crossed through or dimmed (the option to cross or dim along with many other things can be controlled from your account settings). From the "show" item on the toolbar you can choose to hide completed tasks.
One thing to keep in mind is that the free version of Toodledo only keeps your completed tasks for a week. If you upgrade to the paid version this is extended to two years.
For videos, help and more information check out the Toodledo help and learning centre