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I've long been a fan (and sometime practitioner) of "Getting Things Done" (GTD) organisational approach. At the heart of being "organised" is having a good "todo" list...and for the last few months I've been using ToDo-ist to power my list.

I'm also a recent convert to "the cloud" - using online applications and services...the availability and reach makes "cloud" based stuff just so useful....and Todo-ist also neatly ties these two things together...and the real plus is that ToDo-ist also has an iGoogle gadget/widget plugin.

Usually I find a shiny new app/service/tool etc and post about it immediately only to find that it doesn't live up the hype or expectation - so this "recommendation" for ToDo-ist is based on several months of actually using it!

I really like the level of flexibility ToDo-ist offers (it terms of list structures) and has some nice shortcuts too (like putting "tod" or "tom" in the date due box to represent todays/tomorrows date). The iGoogle widget really seals it for me though. Anyway...if you are looking for an online ToDo list then I do recommend ToDo-ist.

(Note: I would also recommend, as with any cloud based service/application that you exercise some caution with the information/data you store in/on such services).


swahbuckler said…
Hi James,

Since our days at BluePrint I've been using a variety of GTD Applications some offline, some cloud-based. I've finally found one that has the rigid structure of GTD with a clearly defined workflow.

When you get a chance check out "Thinking Rock". It may not be to everyone's taste but I've used it at work and home over the past few weeks and its been robust enough to manage my multiple projects and tasks.

All the best


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