That's the question that Thomas Weber asks in an interesting article on web-based to-do lists. (See the personal technology section of today's Wall Street Journal.)

In his article, Net-Based To-Do Lists Permit Collaboration By Family, Colleagues, Weber mentions some of the productivity sites he's visited in his research and he shares his evaluation of a few web-based To-Do lists:
Email programs like Microsoft Outlook can track your obligations and hassle you until they're completed, while PDAs and even cell phones offer task lists and reminder options. The latest twist is to-do lists that you keep on the Web. Several new services promise to store all the details of your responsibilities online, from your loftiest career goals to how many bananas you need from the supermarket. Once the list is online, you can allow a colleague to update project milestones or let your spouse add to the roster of household chores.
The sites mentioned include: www.backpackit.com (web-based task management), www.basecamphq.com , (for business projects), and www.tadalist.com, (free web-based to-do list).

Weber's article mentions bloggers focused on productivity:

The desire to become more productive and better organized is a powerful drive, and it has spawned interesting blogs. For anyone looking to exert some control over the daily chaos of work and home, these make for interesting reading ...
He lists two productivity blogs: www.43folders.com and www.to-done.com that " .. cater to followers of the "Getting Things Done" method, known simply as "GTD" to devotees.

GTD devotee. Hmmm. I've never thought of myself as a devotee, though my signed copy of GTD is on my desk, right next to my NASB and I am blogging about this topic. I guess I am, as Weber states, a "follower of the "Getting Things Done" method."  I think it's great to see blogging and GTD in the mainstream. Too bad Weber does not include a link to the GTD Jedi himself, David Allen or to my favorite GTD portal.

I hope Weber picks up a copy of GTD for himself; the world can always use a few more productive people.

Here's a link to the full article: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB111705821195243399,00.html

Discussion/Comments (3):

Can a high-tech list help you accomplish more?

One of the interesting things about those three systems you mentioned, Eric, is that they're all designed by the same company: 37signals.com. Basecamp is for business; BackPack ("Basecamp's little brother") is for personal use -- and it seems obvious to me they've read GTD -- while TaDaList.com is just the to-do lists, meant to showcase the technology the other two are built on.

Posted at 5/26/2005 3:03:54 PM by Chuck McKinnon


Can a high-tech list help you accomplish more?

If you are talking about both web-based task lists and GTD in the same sentence you must mention TaskToy. It has a near perfect implementation of GTD.

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Posted at 5/27/2005 7:36:43 PM by James Kendrick


Can a high-tech list help you accomplish more?

I use both BackPackIt and TadaList and I can definitely say that they are great programs. Not perfect but, for the price (free), they can't be beat. I'm even thinking about upgrading to a "Basic" plan at BackPackIt which is only $5 per month right now.

Posted at 11/2/2005 10:06:47 AM by Jamie



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