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The TODO Silo

Yesterday I saw the news that Microsoft will be shutting down Wunderlist in 2020. I’d used Wunderlist for a time before its acquisition, and it was a decent task manager. But I moved away because while it looked beautiful, its way of working didn’t quite gel with me. (That’s also a criticism I have of Trello.)

Microsoft now have their own app, with the unoriginal name of Microsoft To-Do. It’s sorta-kinda the successor to Wunderlist, and the app they’re suggesting that current users migrate to. You can also export your data from Wunderlist as a ZIP file, although I’m not sure how useful that’ll be. From my experience with other services, it’s a nicety that doesn’t help if you want to import that data into another service.

This got me to thinking about the information I put into Todoist. While I get immense value using Todoist to organise my life, its ability to export data is rather limited. For one thing, I’d need to go to the web version of the app to even attempt that. That’s not soley a criticism of Todoist, by the way. Trello has export options too, but none let me import the data into Todoist, so I ended up re-entering some stuff by hand.

So now I ensure that any info that I want to keep for posterity gets copy-pasted to a file somewhere. One I can access from the cloud if need be.

Could it be the folks who do all their organising using plain text files, or even physical bullet journals, are onto something?

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Doing this week: Getting Started on WordPress – IndieWeb

I’m using Todoist to set myself weekly and monthly goals now, as well as daily ones. Time to level up my productivity and commitment.

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Since @jack posted about how he’s switching around his work system, here’s mine.

Writing—Sublime Text
Tasks/Notes—Todoist
Archival—DEVONthink Pro Office

Journalling is combination of iCloud Drive and Sublime Text, with Keyboard Maestro and Hazel for automation. It works for me.

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I’m going to give the beta version of DEVONthink 3 a try-out, and way up the pros and cons of that versus Evernote.

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I’ve got a list in my task manager of choice called ‘Buying Decisions’, where I put in links to items I might be interested in purchasing. I periodically review that list, and anything that doesn’t really fill a need gets removed. Great for overcoming retail therapy impulses.

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I have a new system for stuff I want to read later. I put it in my task manager (Todoist, in my case) with due date set to tomorrow. Then, when it shows up on my task list, a) I’ll remember I saved it, b) I’ll have the opportunity to consider whether I still want to read it.

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Related to my previous post about DEVONthink, though it’s applicable to Evernote, OneNote and other services: some web pages just won’t let you extract just the article content, usually through choice of HTML markup.

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I’ve discovered a lot of bit-rot in my DEVONthink Pro Office databases, due to their previously using Instapaper to create clutter-free versions of web pages. 🙁

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I only just discovered that I can set my own timer for Brainwave Studio. The pomodoro timer that I’ll actually use has been under my nose all this time. Derp!