So what is all the fuss about? I read about Wunderlist in Writing Magazine recently and I had to check it out. It’s one of several Time/Project Management programmes that were reviewed and one of the main appeals of this programme was that is was FREE.
It takes a few minutes to download and the Tutorial Screen is the start point for the user. It gives simple instructions to get the user underway – and I did it relatively quickly. Clicking on ‘Add List’ at bottom right gives the user a space in the menu above to type in a Task; i.e. Short Stories.
We’ll suggest here that the user has produced a general Menu of Tasks. The next stage is to select a particular Task and compile a breakdown. When the Task is selected (in this case Short Stories), it produces a screen with the Task name shown at the top – below is a place to to type in the breakdown (where there is a clock and ‘add your text here’). The user types in the first part or breakdown of the Task and then presses the Return key. Another line opens to produce the next entry and so on.
On each part of the Task if the cursor is hovered over the right hand end of the line it brings into view a ‘clock’ a ‘list’ and an ‘x’.
Clicking on the clock produces a calendar so that the user can select a target date for completion if desired. Once chosen it is shown as the date in figures to act as a reminder.
Clicking on the ‘list’ takes the user to another screen where much more detail can be listed. As seen below. When detail has been made for a particular task the ‘list’ symbol remains opposite the task to remind you there is more written.
Clicking on the ‘x’ not surprisingly gives the option to delete the task. Enough said there I think.
Clicking on an individual part of a Task (or in this case the title of the particular Short Story), produces another screen. Here the user can list as much detail as required. In my Short Stories listings, not surprisingly I’m using this for each synopsis.
I will be using Wunderlist from now on to replace my previous method which was the useful, but restrictive ‘post-it notes’ of Windows 7′. The post-it notes idea was good as a memory-jogger but detail still had to be written elsewhere. With Wunderlist everything is in one place, located, edited or worked on one step at a time.
I’m using the system mainly for my writing but also for my other Tasks. Once it’s been played around with for a short while it really is easy to use and adapt. There are options to register online and synchronise the list to an application you may have, like iPad, Android device etc. Personally I have no intention of putting the synchronisation into practise because I’ll be content to use it as a standalone.