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Seeking recco's for "To Do" trackers

Can anyone recommend a simple software programme (to use on a desktop Mac) for tracking to-do's, nothing more sophisticated than compartmentalising those to-do's into different projects or headings? 
Don't need full project mgmt stuff at all, and hopefully free or small one-off charge. Could be a template developed from Excel -I'd just struggle to develop my own, that didn't look a mess.. 

I thank you.

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  • Outlook ticks all your boxes.
  • I use Google Keep on my work Mac, or agile tools we use at work such as Trello and Basecamp
  • Seriously, a sheet of A4 and a biro.  Rule some vertical lines and put some headings on it.

    The equivalent of that on the Mac would be a text document in Textedit or Pages, or a worksheet in Numbers with some headings on columns A, B, C etc.  Absolutely no need for anything sophisticated.
  • Look up a to do template on Google. I found a simple excel one that was ideal for what I needed. 
  • Seriously, a sheet of A4 and a biro.  Rule some vertical lines and put some headings on it.

    The equivalent of that on the Mac would be a text document in Textedit or Pages, or a worksheet in Numbers with some headings on columns A, B, C etc.  Absolutely no need for anything sophisticated.
    Disappointing recommendation.  Where's the technology in that?

    You probably still rely on a battery-operated doorbell and have to listen out if anyone rings it.

    And I bet you monitor the contents of your fridge by opening the door and looking in.

    Move with the times, Grandad.  We even have VAR now, you know.
  • edited January 2
    What email and calendar do you use?

    PS, there are numerous excel templates


  • Had a post it note to remind me to do an email, on my pc for so long, it lost all its stick. So I spent 20 odd minutes looking for the post it notes to write another one out, rather than just do the email which only took about 5 minutes to write in the end. 
  • Funny enough @Addick Addict I sort of went back to that this year, after I wound up my company, using Rocketbook (you wipe clean the page when it's finished with, and can scan and keep the pages) But it isn't enough now, especially with "projects" like the "wrong'un chasing", and of course doesn't prioritise or prompt re deadlines.

    @Rob7Lee Email is Apple Mail, Calendar is Google (but I don't get on with it somehow). 

    Whacked the search term in and an article came up with Todoist and TickTick. They look like the sort of thing I'm after. I'll do a search re Excel templates. 
  • Doorbell?
    My doorbell hasn't worked for about 20 years.
    I simply put up a reverse post it note inside the glass telling people to knock (with their knuckles).
    Every few years the writing fades and I put another post it up.
    I remember my old dad's saying 'if it ain't there it can't go wrong'.
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  • edited January 2
    an old fashioned diary .. entries for months ahead
  • I've used Todoist for a few years and would recommend. The premium functions are well worth the annual fee for me, but all depends on how you decide to use it - plenty of mileage in the free version. 
  • I use Google Tasks.
  • MS OneNote
  • seth plum said:
    Doorbell?
    My doorbell hasn't worked for about 20 years.
    I simply put up a reverse post it note inside the glass telling people to knock (with their knuckles).
    Every few years the writing fades and I put another post it up.
    I remember my old dad's saying 'if it ain't there it can't go wrong'.
    You know that you can get an app that does reverse writing now, don't you?

    But much better ... if you set up a WhatsApp group with everyone who is ever likely to come to your door, you can message them telling them what to do and then you don't even need your 'dinosaur' Post-it note.
  • Another rec for Todoist. I'm only using the free version, but I really like the way you can have different projects, nested sub-tasks, priority levels, regular scheduled tasks, as well as your basic standard list.
  • OneNote is great if you just have a simple list that you want to tick off. Trello lets you categorise stuff on separate cards and pils and add extra notes. If you want a bit more sophistication, MS Planner is good.
  • Trello is brilliant. It may provide far more functionality than you need, but, as it's in the cloud and you can use it via a web interface or app, you'll siesta have access to everything you list.
  • Thanks all. Just to say, I'm trapped in the Apple eco-system, so anything Microsoft based will be a pain for me to wrestle with, not worth the effort for a simple thing like this. Looks like Todoist should be where I start, and will check Trello too.
  • Dave Rudd said:
    Seriously, a sheet of A4 and a biro.  Rule some vertical lines and put some headings on it.

    The equivalent of that on the Mac would be a text document in Textedit or Pages, or a worksheet in Numbers with some headings on columns A, B, C etc.  Absolutely no need for anything sophisticated.
    Disappointing recommendation.  Where's the technology in that?

    You probably still rely on a battery-operated doorbell and have to listen out if anyone rings it.

    And I bet you monitor the contents of your fridge by opening the door and looking in.

    Move with the times, Grandad.  We even have VAR now, you know.
    Um, I think the second paragraph is all technology so I'd say you need glasses more than I need to move with the times.
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  • Funny enough @Addick Addict I sort of went back to that this year, after I wound up my company, using Rocketbook (you wipe clean the page when it's finished with, and can scan and keep the pages) But it isn't enough now, especially with "projects" like the "wrong'un chasing", and of course doesn't prioritise or prompt re deadlines.

    @Rob7Lee Email is Apple Mail, Calendar is Google (but I don't get on with it somehow). 

    Whacked the search term in and an article came up with Todoist and TickTick. They look like the sort of thing I'm after. I'll do a search re Excel templates. 
    Don't you just hate it when your '@'s get pointed at someone else?
  • Dave Rudd said:
    seth plum said:
    Doorbell?
    My doorbell hasn't worked for about 20 years.
    I simply put up a reverse post it note inside the glass telling people to knock (with their knuckles).
    Every few years the writing fades and I put another post it up.
    I remember my old dad's saying 'if it ain't there it can't go wrong'.
    You know that you can get an app that does reverse writing now, don't you?

    But much better ... if you set up a WhatsApp group with everyone who is ever likely to come to your door, you can message them telling them what to do and then you don't even need your 'dinosaur' Post-it note.
    WhatsApp.
    Whats that?
  • edited January 4
    seth plum said:
    Dave Rudd said:
    seth plum said:
    Doorbell?
    My doorbell hasn't worked for about 20 years.
    I simply put up a reverse post it note inside the glass telling people to knock (with their knuckles).
    Every few years the writing fades and I put another post it up.
    I remember my old dad's saying 'if it ain't there it can't go wrong'.
    You know that you can get an app that does reverse writing now, don't you?

    But much better ... if you set up a WhatsApp group with everyone who is ever likely to come to your door, you can message them telling them what to do and then you don't even need your 'dinosaur' Post-it note.
    WhatsApp.
    Whats that?
    Oh come on Seth, don’t kid the kidders, we all know that you’ve had Apps explained to you in detail now and you should recall that the “Whats” are funny little creatures from the Dr Seuss story, Horton hears a Who. 
    For oneupmanship in any future conversations you have on this matter you could also slide in the fact that Horton is some form of elephant.
    You’re welcome 👍🏻
  • I have learned that apps stand for applications not appliances, like a hoover or a torch. What applications are, are some kind of programme you put in a computer or mobile telephone or a computerised tablet. The application enables you to prod with your finger, or hover the arrow and click with a computer 'mouse'. That makes things happen.
    Usually at that point the instructions are nigh on incomprehensible, and only a specialist can proceed.
    WhatsanApp sounds like it might be a reminder signal to feed an elephant. Setting that reminder is probably difficult to do.
    Post it notes are simpler, they are the future!
  • It's absolute toilet for work (been forced into using it at a couple of places I've worked at), but Asana is great for straightforward taskkists and worth a look. 
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