APP REVIEW

Wunderlist ends procrastination

WUNDERLIST ASSISTS students with time allocation.

As the academic year begins to ramp up, many students find themselves at a loss as to how to properly organize their assignments, chores, appointments, and other obligations. Academic planners and agendas seem to serve some well, but can be cumbersome and leave out tasks without specific due dates. For others, to-do lists are the way to go, but they often fall short as people tend to overestimate or underestimate the amount of work they are capable of in a single day. Luckily, information technology has attempted to fix these shortcomings. At the moment, there are thousands of productivity, to-do, and calendar apps on the market. But how does a student go about picking the right app for them? Although it depends on the person for many, Wunderlist may be exactly what they are looking for.

Wunderlist’s appeal is its ease of use and intuitive design. Users can create to-do’s, which can be part of a larger list and grouped into folders. To-do’s can be assigned due dates, reminders, and subtasks. Files and short notes can be attached to each to-do. To-do’s and reminders can automatically repeat in any kind of configuration the user can think of. This feature makes the app perfect for regular tasks like laundry and shopping. If there is a to-do with no specific designation, Wunderlist’s inbox allows users to input any to-do where it can be stored indefinitely until being assigned. Wunderlist also lets users view all to-do’s due within the week, giving them a great idea of what their upcoming workload will look like.

Benefits aside, Wunderlist does have some disadvantages that may prevent it from being the right app for some. Although it features calendar-like qualities, it can only display to-do’s due within the week, and due dates can only be assigned a single value instead of a range like some calendar apps. There are also only three layers of organization possible: to-do’s, lists, and folders. This means that lists cannot be stored in other lists, and folders cannot be stored in other folders, which makes the app less comprehensive than others on the market, like Omnifocus.

Work habits and organization techniques vary from person to person, but Wunderlist’s simplistic design yet robust capabilities make it an asset to anyone looking to stay on top of their work. Currently, Wunderlist is available on iOS, Android, Fire OS, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, OS X, Chrome, and Apple Watch OS.

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