Currently, as many of you know, I develop a bunch of plugins. Among which is the popular AdRotate plugin. A thing I’ve always found hard was to keep a list of things I wanted to do with my products.

The situation -

I’d have a list of items, somewhere. Or two. A somewhat vague list of requests (feature request forum). Some stuff floating around in my head. And overall it is a bit clumsy and messy. Often I’d have this great idea or improvement only to find out I already coded it weeks before. Or I would forget about things completely.

Hmm, not very professional.

What to do? 

I’ve been searching for a task planning app, task managing app, considered creating my own. Being more strict with things and make a elaborate excel sheet. But…

All apps suck. Cost way too much money. Are otherwise not cool. Excel is too slow and unwieldy. And writing my own thing just takes too much time.

What I need…

It’s as simple as it is smart – What I need is a nifty small, point and click, idiot proof app. Sort of like a shopping list manager. I add something to a list. Perhaps assign it to a milestone and it should have a small description field and a checkbox so I can check off items that are finished. But finished items shouldn’t be moved to a obscure archive. They must remain in the list or a easily accessible category of sorts. Not vanish! Ideally it would come with companion app that syncs things over to my iPhone/iPad over wifi. Not via iCloud or any other “useful” sync service, just Wifi.

Sounds simple yea? Well it is. And it’s so blindingly obvious (To me at least  that this is what a great task manager should be that I’m astounded that such an app simply doesn’t seem to exist.

Yes there are hundreds of apps, services, and other stuff that can do all this. But they either come with a annual fee. Demand that I store my ideas and concepts on their servers. Or they require some dumb Dropbox integration or they simply do not work as advertised. A lot of these apps are focused on buying groceries or push me in a direction I don’t wanna go into. Forcing me to tag items or categorise them or set a target date with alerts and all that bullshit.

I don’t want any of that.

Tips/ideas welcome ;) Thanks!

Written by Arnan de Gans

The creator of the popular AdRotate for WordPress plugin. Created the OmniKassa plugin for WooCommerce. Original author or WP-Events for WordPress. Owner of AJdG Solutions and entrepreneur.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Meg Geddes

    I use Remember The Milk. It’s like a to-do list on steroids. There’s a free version and a paid version (and I think the paid version is only $25/year) It goes to my web browsers, my tablets, my iPhone. It has categories and priorities. You can put deadlines in, or not. You can get email and phone notification (they moo like a cow!) or not. Really helps me; I have a ton of things to keep track of as well.

    But it probably won’t fit in with all the things you say you don’t want.