Fortunately, we bona fide Mac experts have plenty of choices. One of my favorites is PlanBook because it’s made for teachers. What about students? It’s time for GTD.
Getting Things Done
The GTD method has value, even for students. Basically, tasks and projects are emptied from the mind and recorded as focused work items (in an app, of course).
TaskPaper is something akin to an organized notes taker so it’s instantly usable as a to-do list app that does more.
Create a list of projects, then add tasks to each, and TaskPaper organizes the elements so the important ones are easily visible.
Click and focus on any item (focus is the most important function in GTD)– task or project. TaskPaper functions more line a mashup of notes app, outliner, and list maker, which is especially useful for tasks within a project.
Here’s what it looks like.
TaskPaper has almost no learning curve as it’s part mini-word processor, and part list maker, very friendly, and quickly usable.
Because we’re a multi-device society these days, TaskPaper has both a Mac and iPhone version and syncs items with Dropbox.
If ever there was an app that adhered to the ‘less is more’ idea, it’s TaskPaper. It lets you focus quickly on what’s next, what needs to get worked on now, and not on the details of running an app.
If there’s a negative it’s the price tag, but TaskPaper also has a trial version from the developer’s website so you can try-before-you-buy. It’s worth a try. I like it. I’m not sure it’s sufficiently affordable for most students.