Color me enamored with some of Apple’s most basic of built-in applications. Calendar, Reminders, Notes come to mind after Mail, Safari, and Photos because they are under-appreciated, under-used, and worthy of copying.
Notes, reminders, to-do and calendar-like apps for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad are plentiful span the gamut from simplicity to complexity. One of my favorites that fits in between is a popular utility called GoodTask. Think Reminders and Calendar for macOS and iOS that works better than Apple’s offerings. For a price.
Task Me, Baby!
First off, there is nothing to not like about Apple’s own Calendar, Reminders, and Notes applications. They’re priced right. They’re competent. They sync well between devices. They’re also somewhat boring and could use a few features more in tune with getting things done.
Enter GoodTask. What you get in this utility is a blend of features; mashed up in a more useful, elegant package that handles simple tasks like Reminders, but expands tasks to be components within a task manager. All visible with a single click on a single page.
See? One page. Everything you need.
GoodTask pulls data from Apple’s built-in Reminders and Calendar database but adds functions that make using the app more efficient. The list is lengthy.
- Syncs with default stock Reminders and Calendars (iCloud/Exchange/etc)
- Supports fully customizable recurring tasks
- Manage reminders, lists, and calendars easily
- List, day, week, month view on each lists
- Add quickly and smartly with quick actions and text snippets
- List with selective reminders, lists, and calendars
- Filter by including or excluding text/tags
- Filter by priorities
- Overdue tasks, location-based tasks, recent tasks, etc.
- Quickly edit tasks on-the-fly
- Bulk actions to edit/check/delete multiple tasks at once
- Duplicate, change due dates, add/switch tags/lists, etc.
- App icon badge and notifications
- Dark theme
- Today-widget support
- Time-zone support
- Subtasks, automatic repeat after completion, and manual sort
The Mac version has an option to display checklists on the Today Widget. Smart Lists are filters for tasks. See lists and calendars combined or separate. Even overdue or more recent lists are easily visible and filtered from the rest with a click.
GoodTask’s iOS version has most of the same features but in a smaller and more mobile interface.
The key to usability becomes obvious within minutes of setting up the first todo item. Checklists are a breeze. There’s even an Apple Watch version to keep track of items on the go.
The whole package is what you would expect in a professional level application but that also means a similar price tag. GoodTask iOS is free but has pro features which can be unlocked for about the price of lunch at McDonald’s. The Mac version, with similar functionality, is more expensive.