Let’s face it, you could waste a lot of time looking for the best task manager out there. They all promise that with a quick download or by signing up you’ll become much more productive. However, with so many on the market now, it can take hours to sort through them all.
If you’re looking for a powerful, personal task manager that’s cross platform, then Doit.im might be just the thing for you. Read on to see all that it offers.
Getting Things Done Everywhere
As I mentioned, Doit.im is cross platform. In fact, it’s available on the web, iPhone, iPad and Android, all for my favorite price: free. However, if you don’t mind paying for things you can sign up for the pro account ($2 per month or $20 per year) and get a desktop version for Mac or Windows. To get started, you can sign in with your Google account or create a new one.
If you’ve ever used a task manager app before, then you’ll have no problem learning the basic features of Doit.im within minutes. Task categories can be seen by opening the left side panel and the main panel lists all scheduled tasks. When a new task is created you’re taken to a new panel giving you the ability to set all the appropriate options. There are quite a few available as you can set the date, context, tags, reminders, add it to a project, input any notes, email it to someone or delete the task.
Tasks can be filed under one of many different categories such as today, next, tomorrow, scheduled, someday or in a particular project or context. Breaking tasks down by when they’re due allows you to clear away the clutter and stay focused on what’s most important right now. If you have something to do that is urgent and you want to make sure you see it you can tap the edit button and then activate the lightning bolt option to move it to the top of your list.
Tasks disappear when you check them off, then you can see them in the completed section. You can choose to archive completed tasks if you’d like. If they were completed 30 days ago or there are more than 100 they will be archived automatically.
While Doit.im doesn’t have any features that I would consider groundbreaking, it does have many that other free apps don’t include. Not only can you schedule repeating tasks, but there are many choices available for how often you want it to reoccur and you are able to determine if you want the task to stop repeating on a certain date as well.
Sub tasks are available by upgrading to the pro version, but with the projects option in the free version you can easily create sub tasks as well. Along with the repeating and sub tasks, the contexts section is handy for separating work and personal tasks. This is one of the options that I’ve found lacking in many free to-do managers. Without the ability to clearly separate these areas, I find it hard to focus when looking over my list.
You can use the start time option when setting up a task in order to see it earlier than the deadline. Some people will probably never see a use for this feature, but I can see it being helpful for others.
A Few Problems
When I first opened Doit.im there were a number of pre-made tasks listed as a tutorial to show different features. When I couldn’t understand what some of the tasks meant, I finally realized that not all of them applied to the mobile version. For instance, one tutorial task was to update my timezone in preferences but it didn’t specify that this must be done on the website, not in the app. I think video tutorials to walk you through everything would make more sense instead of having a list of tasks.
Also, while having all the different categories for separating out your tasks is helpful, there is no way to easily search through all your tasks across every category. This can be especially frustrating once you’ve inputted a lot of to-dos if you don’t remember where you saved the one you’re looking for.
Limitations to Free Version
I mentioned earlier that some features are only available in the pro version of Doit.im. Along with the desktop version and sub tasks, the pro version gives you the ability to add tasks via email, a feature for putting together reviews and reports, and the option to add many projects under the heading of one goal.
Pro also enables automatic, unlimited syncing. The free account only allows syncing upon login and manual syncing once every 24 hours. You’ll need to decide if these aspects are important enough for you to upgrade to the pro version, but at least if you do the pricing is currently very reasonable.
Is It Right For You?
To sum it up, Doit.im is a pretty powerful app for getting things done even if you just use the free version and decide not to upgrade to a pro account. On the other hand, it has so many features that it may be too much for those who prefer a stripped down, simple interface and don’t need all the bells and whistles.
If you’re looking for a to do app that’s packed with features and available across many platforms, then Doit.im is probably a good choice. If you’re more interested in simple and intuitive, then you might want to consider an option like Clear.