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I love lists. They make tough problems simpler and more manageable, and can apply to almost anything in life.

I've been on the hunt for a decent solution to my terrible memory for quite some time, and I think I might have finally found it.

I was using reminders a fair bit but it just didn't cut it for me. I'll still use it for location based reminders, and Siri is amazing at adding things - "remind me to defrost the chicken when I get home" but it doesn't need to be on the front page of my phone for that.

Evernote seems to be a clear favourite for a lot of people, but I hated it when I tried it. It was too clunky, did too many things at once and the UI pissed me off to no end.


Simplenote - linky

This free bad boy allows you to add notes and text for that note, it's pretty simple. But it is free and syncs across devices and has a web login that allows you to rapidly enter things with a keyboard instead of typing it out on your phone. I use this as a collection or archiving tool - it holds quotes, login details, hardware specs of my shit, ideas for presents and links to recipes I find. There's a search tool that makes it super easy to find things. I used it as a shopping list but as the to do style lists are a pro only (~$20/yr) feature I needed something else.


Clear - linky - video

Easily one of the most sexy and swish apps on the App Store, Clear is as simple as it gets. Create a list, add items and complete or delete them. It takes a little to get used to but then the controls are quick and efficient. This has a 'to do list' and a shopping list, so I can quickly mark things as complete instead of editing a big text box in SimpleNote. I haven't had this for long, but I love it already. It also has the ability to email lists out, so I can email Stacey my shopping list and she can import it into her Clear app with no fuss.


Wunderlist - linky - video

I've also discovered this last night and spent a while entering in the appropriate things from SimpleNote to Wunderlist. I love the subtask and notes features for each item, and the reminder/due date is a nice touch too. I'm using this for bigger projects, such as iOS dev jobs, doing tax and things that require a little more thought and planning. There is a free version and a pro version (~$50/yr) but this looks much more worth it than SimpleNote as it seems a more complete package - and going pro unlocks a shit load of features like sharing/assigning tasks and things.


Discussion

This is what I've found works for me best so far. What do you use to keep on top of things?
Clownshoes
Quick and brief list from me:

  • Clear is amazing and all other reminder based applications are complete and utter garbage compared to it.
  • IFTTT (if this then that) can do all the things.
  • Dropbox - I'm not explaining why you need this.
  • Harvest is a really great way to bill time that doesn't make me angry like others.
  • Fantastical a nice and fast calendar app, uses natural language to add new events.
  • Pinboard is a good way to have bookmarks available everywhere. Don't get too sucked into to tagging though, keep it brief.
  • Evernote is bullshit and makes organising it's own job, get fucked evernote.
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Ooer IFTTT sounds pretty swanky.

Harvest looks handy too, but since I'm a one man show I don't think it would really help that much.

Fantastical seems great too, but will need to look into if it integrates well with google calendar.

Cheers for the list Clown, lots of good stuff there :)
Spoon
I use Reminders and Notes which are both extremely basic and not particularly good.

I tried Evernote on my ipad and it seemed to be unusably awful, I'm not sure how it's rated so highly. On first impressions at least, it sucked horribly.
Clownshoes
Fork wrote:
Fantastical seems great too, but will need to look into if it integrates well with google calendar.


If you can add the calendar via iOS you can use Fantastical with it.
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Spoon wrote:
I use Reminders and Notes which are both extremely basic and not particularly good.

I tried Evernote on my ipad and it seemed to be unusably awful, I'm not sure how it's rated so highly. On first impressions at least, it sucked horribly.

It seems the general consensus is that Evernote can suck a dick, thankfully. I also hate how it's infesting other shit like Skitch (mac image editing app) like some sort of disease.

Clownshoes wrote:
Fork wrote:
Fantastical seems great too, but will need to look into if it integrates well with google calendar.


If you can add the calendar via iOS you can use Fantastical with it.

Yeah I did some digging, then purchasing and testing. All good, loving it!
Gunmetal
Drop box, is fucking awesome, I use it all the time when I'm training in the field, I also use a windows 8 tablet and go paperless with assessments etc
Fork
Fantastical 2 is out, loving it a lot. The todo integration is pretty damn spiffy and the visual overhaul is a big improvement.

Flexibits today announced Fantastical 2 for iPhone, a new version of its trademark calendar app which brings an iOS 7-inspired design, Reminders support, week view, background refresh, and more. The app is a paid upgrade for all users, and hits the App Store today for an introductory price of $2.99, but will later move up to $4.99.
Clownshoes
As good as the original except now has landscape and reminders, sweet deal. Gonna give apple/exchange reminders another go now, don't know if anything can topple Clear for that though.
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Clownshoes wrote:
As good as the original except now has landscape and reminders, sweet deal. Gonna give apple/exchange reminders another go now, don't know if anything can topple Clear for that though.

I used both Clear for most things and the standard To Do app for time and location based reminders - hopefully now I can add the latter with Fantastical and get it off my home screen.
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Fantastical 2 is amazing and gets better with each new update, cheers again for the tip Clown :)

Tasks is now fucked off to the last screen.

Lately I've swapped from Firefox to Chrome on my PCs (home, htpc and work) and from Safari to Chrome on the phone. I wish I did it sooner! The shared bookmarks, addons, keychain, etc is awesome and the 'open on other computer' bit when you open a new tab is so fucking handy.
Clownshoes
The problem with that is you don't get the faster JavaScript engine that Safari has on iOS (unless you jailbreak and install nitrous). Convenience v Speed trade off.

If you ever felt that those in app browsers are slower, that's because they are.
Fork
True, but I don't do much browsing on the phone and any slow downs haven't been noticeable which is nice.
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