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with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

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Workflowy: Yet another list management tool

Categories: office life, the new office


the list I have written a lot about my favorite organization tools . I have also vowed to give up on getting organized all together. Anyone who has seen the home screen on my smart phone could have guessed that last one wasn’t going to stick.

I love tools almost as much as I love lists, so it is with much excitement that I introduce to you yet another tool for making lists. (I know!! It’s almost too much awesomeness to handle!!)

My fellow working mamas, I present to you: Workflowy .

I was first introduced to Workflowy by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less . It should come as no surprise then that the list-building site has a stark, minimalist aesthetic. The home page, which serves as your dashboard and workspace after you create an account, is a single blank page.

That’s it. A blank page that you create lists on.

Or rather, it is a blank page on which you create one massive list with several sub lists. List items can then be tagged with the now-universal #hashtag or assigned to other people with an @ symbol. Portions of your list can be shared with others via a "secret link". Items can be marked complete and completed items can be visible or hidden, depending on your personal settings.

And that’s it.

The concept is ridiculously simple, which is part of what makes it so nice to use. Your entire brain can be dumped onto one single page and organized however you see fit. There’s no screens or folders to flip between (or get lost among) and no special sorting patterns to remember. A series of short videos shows you how to use the tool.

So far, I’ve been using Workflowy to manage my shopping lists and the ever-increasing list of home projects I’ve come up with in the middle of the night. I also used it to keep track of what needed to be done to register the kids for school. I think the biggest benefit of Workflowy is the ability to break one big project down into smaller steps and see everything all at once.

The only thing that would make Workflowy better is the ability to turn list items into dated tasks to days in my beloved Google Calendar. Then I would be in organizational heaven and could probably delete the day planner app from my phone.

Have you tried out Workflowy yet?

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2 comments so far...

  • No, no I haven’t. But I can tell you that I am intrigued, and that is probably the first time I’ve said that about an organizational tool. They are generally too much work for me. But this? Sounds like exactly what I need. :)

    Megan  |  August 22nd, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  • I have never tried the tool and as it sounds so simply I will try. I have been using Coimndware task manager which is a great tool in fact.

    marykaichini  |  September 6th, 2012 at 3:00 am