What would an alien from another planet think about humans after examine the various App Stores? The number of games available for our computers might tell alien travelers that we’re a species with no apparent purpose in life.
The number of photo and camera apps might tell a more advanced being that we are all narcissist because everyone has a camera and takes pictures of themselves. They could also conclude that we’re forgetful creatures because everyone uses reminders and todo lists.
In recent years my criteria for reviewing or examining various Mac or iOS apps has changed. These days most apps must be available on both devices. A Mac version. An iPhone or iPad version. Apple does it with Mail, Safari, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and Notes. If you’re one of those who balks at the simplicity of Calendar, Reminders, and Notes and doesn’t want to use all three apps to get things done, try The Hit List.
This comprehensive utility is both instantly familiar, therefore easy to setup and use, yet powerful enough to move tasks into projects for easier management.
The Hit List is easily organized into Folders, either standalone or as projects made up of tasks. The user interface is tab-based and displays what’s scheduled for work Today, Upcoming, or something simple like Errands. You customize the options. Click and item checkbox and it becomes completed.
Make a list of task items, or place tasks within a larger project. The Hit List follows the focus feature in David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology. Set Start dates, Due dates, and even time to completion estimates. The Hit List handles all the calculations.
Distractions are easily filtered out so you can focus only on your list of what matters now. The Hit List is a Mac power user app so you can use the keyboard for nearly every function. The Cards for each item allow you to focus only on the details for that item. The Built-in Timer measures your progress on each task.
Add tasks using the Quick Entry system, then adjust items to become repeating tasks as needed to schedule meetings, or anything else. The Upcoming List displays tasks or events that are on the horizon.
Go Mobile Much?
Back to my original criteria. These days it’s important to have applications that span devices– Mac to iPhone to iPad, and for many of us– to Watch. The Hist List delivers with an iOS version that also features a Watch app.
The interface is similar to the Mac version sans the tabs, but tasks and projects are easily synchronized between devices.
The Hit List goes far beyond Apple’s own Calendar, Reminders, and Notes suite and gives users features more in tune with tasks and project management than mere lists or check lists. The Watch app is familiar, too, and displays tasks and projects similar to the Exercise app and the Calendar app, and it lets you view Today settings and details, and even adjust dates on the fly; without going to iPhone.
There is a learning curve, but if you understand the GTD method an know that a collection of tasks make up a project, then you’re good to go. There’s also The Hit List Sync service which keeps all devices in sync. While the connection is secure, it does not use iCloud or Dropbox, but rather a separate service and you need to setup an account to get started.