Internet Productivity

This Bullet-Based To-Do List App Is the Simplest, Fastest, and Easiest Way to Take Notes

Saikat Basu 25-08-2017

If you love using lists for productivity, then you should read The Checklist Manifesto. The author, Dr. Atul Gawande, has this to say about the power of a good checklist:


“They catch mental flaws inherent in all of us–flaws of memory and attention and thoroughness.”

When is the last time you tapped a to-do list app’s full potential? They come in all sizes, and until now there haven’t been any one-size-fits-all tools out there. On the one hand you have the outlining dexterity of Workflowy Zen-Style Listing And Project Management with WorkFlowy Read More , and on the other the utilitarian minimalism of Google Keep.

Want something just as simple but more powerful? Then take a look at Dynalist. It’s a combination to-do list, outliner, and project management tool wrapped up in one app. It’s also cross-platform, available on all the main systems: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.

This Bullet-Based To-Do List App Is the Simplest, Fastest, and Easiest Way to Take Notes Dynalist

It is not completely free, but has a solid free tier that’s sufficient for everyday use.

Dynalist works just like an outliner, able to handle anything from simple mini-tasks to complicated task folders, due dates, and milestones. To really unlock its project planning potential, you’ll want a Pro account for Google Calendar integration, file attachments, and cloud backups.


But you can do a lot with the free version! Instantly turn any list into a checklist, and organize your most important items with tags. Add handy notes alongside your list. Move multiple items at once when a list gets too long, and use the “focus” mode to see what’s relevant right now.

Key features at a glance:

  • Convert any list to a checklist or a numbered list.
  • Select and move multiple items at once across your lists.
  • Add dates, tags, and internal links with your own triggers.
  • Bookmark list items, documents, and even folders.
  • Use the Markdown support and tons of shortcuts.

Here’s the complete list of features available on Dynalist. The expected introduction of a mindmap, which is experimental right now, could be handy for visual notetakers.

Try Dynalist! Is it better than Workflowy or does it still have a long way to go? Also, give us your pick for the best cross-platform note-taking app.

Related topics: Note-Taking Apps, To-Do List.

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  1. Kevin Dillman
    January 7, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I have used Dynalist and agree it is a good list app.
    One of the best list apps if you use your computer and like keyboard shortcuts is Checkvist. You can go to the mobile website and save it as an app on Android or iOS as well. IMO, it is the best listing app I have ever used. I am a director of IT and have to keep many lists and access them in the office or on the go.

  2. Dave Liao
    August 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Loving Dynalist so far! I'm a long-time Workflowy user, but it doesn't seem like they're adding any new features.

    In Dynalist I love being able to assign reminders to specific bullet points, something I've wanted in Workflowy for years. Looks like I could potentially retire my todo list app and just use Dynalist...

  3. Jack
    August 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Long time workflowy user just got converted to dynalist, wow! they even let me import my existing list

    • Saikat Basu
      August 26, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Yeah, it is positioned as an alternative to Workflowy and the import feature helps. I just hope they don't pack it with too many features.

  4. Jack
    August 25, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Wow I just checked out dynalist.. I'm a long time workflowy user and the check boxes will make it twice as useful. And it lets you import your workflowy! I'm definitely sold on the free version. The subscription to integrate with your calendar would totally be worth it for a dollar, not 8 a month

  5. Tom
    August 25, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    The mindmap feature sounds interesting.

    The subscription model less so for pro features.
    I know all companies think this a a great pricing model, because they get higher rpc. But at what cost? I, for one, do not go for these except if the added value is very high, especially as compared to their own free offerings and those of competitors.
    For me, the subscription cost is almost always way too high, by at least an order of magnitude, for the added value.