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, 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.
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.