Remember what they say: small is beautiful. And, simple is better. When it comes to keeping tabs on our projects and tasks, why do all the apps come with a hefty learning curve.
After all, a to-do list is nothing more than a list of tasks. A bunch of grouped tasks is a project. So, what Mac users want—to keep life beautiful and simple—is a to-do app that actually works.
My Favorite Task Manager App
My method for managing projects is to break big pieces into small pieces. A project is made up of tasks. Tasks are to-do items on a list. So, what’s my favorite task manager app for the Mac.
It’s not TaskPaper. But if you want a to-do list manager without a learning curve, a low price, and that’s amazingly easy to use, TaskPaper is it.
Even better, TaskPaper can sync your to-do lists between Mac and iPhone, so your projects and tasks can be as mobile as you are. Small. Beautiful. Simple. Better.
To make it easy to understand, TaskPaper works like a simple text editor on your Mac. Open it up, type in an item. Each line can be a project, a task, or a note or tag.
This is almost too easy. Take a close look.
The layout is surprisingly simple. Start a project on a line. Add another line or two or three below as tasks for the project.
Drop in notes or tags wherever necessary to give you just enough information to manage the project or tasks.
The secret is in the list structure. Project. Then task items in a list. It’s all searchable, too. You know—just in case your project and tasks get out of hand.
I know what you’re thinking. There’s more, right? Uh, no. That’s basically it. TaskPaper is a remarkably simple way to manage projects through a list of tasks, but also tacks on handy notes, and keyword tags (to help out the search).
There’s no alarms, no reminders, no alerts, no complexity, no task assignments, no delegation. It’s just you and your list of tasks. Wait. Actually, there is more. TaskPaper for iPhone.
Remarkably, the iPhone version works pretty much the same way.
Create a project, add tasks and notes as needed. Tag any item. Search when the lists get too big. Oh, and sync up with your Mac.
TaskPaper uses the SimpleText sync service to keep your Mac and iPhone lists synchronized.
SimpleText is built-in to the iPhone version and uses the Mac version for the syncs.
If you want more, then we always recommend my favorite, Things. It’s also for Mac and iPhone and gives you those extras so often valuable in projects—task delegation, alarms, etc. But there’s a learning curve and a heftier price tag.
There’s not much to not like about TaskPaper. It’s an on-screen sheet of digital paper to compile a list of projects and tasks, Mac or iPhone. No learning curve. Very low price tag.