This post has been prompted a (short) Twitter conversation between myself and Craig Jarrow.
The story starts a little over 2 weeks before that conversation, when I went the other way. I had been toying with WunderKit but not getting any serious use out of it, so I spent some of my weekend moving my task lists and tasks into WunderKit. I was going to ditch Wunderlist and work exclusively from the new kid on the block.
One of the major drivers for the transfer to Wunderkit was to try and work out what Wunderkit actually is. Is it a replacement for Wunderlist? Is it a replacement for BaseCamp? Both? Neither? I was imagining it as a replacement for some or all of my other GTD and project management tools. (I now know better – read on.)
At first I was really happy with my move. I set up Wunderkit with a private workspace for each task list I had in Winderlist. This fitted my use of task lists very well, as I was using them as ‘projects’ (in the GTD sense) and the added functionality in Wunderkit meant I could also keep notes about them. Also, I was really happy to be able to tag my to-dos (with context information).
After a few days, though, I began to realise what I was missing. Most importantly for me were the time-related smart lists – ‘tomorrow’, ‘next 7 days’, ‘later’ -without access to which, my task management went a little to pot. I also had problems with searching in Wunderkit – searching across workspaces and searching on tags, which added to the frustration.
Ultimately, my shift back from Wunderkit to Wunderlist is not because of any deficiencies in the former (nor any advantages of the latter) – rather, it’s because they serve different purposes. I use Wunderlist for GTD management, alongside my calendar, Evernote and the Pomodoro technique [& app] (and the best offline tickler file in the world). This is not Wunderkit’s current forté; Wunderkit is an excellent project management tool that lets you work collaboratively and privately, with a view to providing public streams as and when necessary; a Basecamp with marketing capabilities, if you like.
So, I’ve returned to Wunderlist, with a hope that tagging, at least, will appear at some point in the future, but I’ve not given up on Wunderkit – although it’s not currently an important application for my work / personal life, I will be watching the updates and following 6Wunderkinder’s streams with great interest.
Have you tried both Wunderlist and Wunderkit? Do you still run them both in parallel or have you dropped one? I’d love to hear how you’re using these applications in your work / life. Leave a comment.
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