Using Done – Tip 2: Working with lists

Welcome to the second of a series of small tips for using Done, our iPhone To Do list app.
As you probably already know if you use Done, you can set up as many lists of tasks as you like from the main screen and then choose to view each one individually or, more usefully, as a combined list.
Some users prefer to flip back and forth between lists rather than use the combined view because they feel the combined list can become too large to manage successfully.
Try and keep each list relatively sort – it’s easier to deal with 10 lists of 10 items each than it is a single list of 100 items! If your list of personal tasks is too long, consider splitting it into smaller, more manageable lists ie. personal, home, finance etc. Using the same (or similar) color for each of these lists helps identify tasks when using the combined list view (see our previous tip, color coding, for more suggestions).
Consider spending a few minutes at the start of each day looking at each list in turn, adjusting the priorities and dates as appropriate then switching back to the combined view – that way you’ll know all your important tasks are at the top of the list.
Then use the snapshot feature to create a wallpaper with the day’s six most important tasks on it so you can see what needs doing without even turning on the phone!

Welcome to the second of a series of small tips for using Done, our iPhone To Do list app.

Color coded lists

Color coded lists

As you probably already know if you use Done, you can set up as many lists of tasks as you like from the main screen and then choose to view each one individually or, more usefully, as a combined list.

Some users prefer to flip back and forth between lists rather than use the combined view because they feel the combined list can become too large to manage successfully.

Try and keep each list relatively sort – it’s easier to deal with 10 lists of 10 items each than it is a single list of 100 items! If your list of personal tasks is too long, consider splitting it into smaller, more manageable lists ie. personal, home, finance etc. Using the same (or similar) color for each of these lists helps identify tasks when using the combined list view (see our previous tip, color coding, for more suggestions).

Consider spending a few minutes at the start of each day looking at each list in turn, adjusting the priorities and dates as appropriate then switching back to the combined view – that way you’ll know all your important tasks are at the top of the list.

Then use the snapshot feature to create a wallpaper with the day’s six most important tasks on it so you can see what needs doing without even turning on the phone!

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4 Responses to “Using Done – Tip 2: Working with lists”

  1. ktlee Says:

    The snapshot capture feature is not available in the “To do items” view? The Wallpaper button and Settings buttons are only visible in the “Lists” page. When I open a list to the To to items, the buttons are not available. So how do I capture a snapshot of that page to set as my wallpaper?

    • chillix Says:

      Hi KT

      That’s correct. Currently the snapshot feature will only capture an overview of the most important items across all your lists so isn’t needed in the items view. We’ve tried to keep as much space free in the that view as possible to display the maximum amount of items.

      I said ‘currently’ – things will be changing in Done 2.0 (out soon)

  2. ktlee Says:

    Please ignore the last post. I have since discovered that the snapshot is not of the “Lists” but of items within the lists.

    “Done” is indeed one of the more straightforward To Do application. Simple, minimalist and is ‘doing’ all the things I need. Not forgetting beautiful graphics too. Well ‘Done’!

    A lot of programmers do not know when to stop and they end up with too many features not really required in a To Do ‘list’. You guys got it just right (at least in my case).

    Thank you.

    • chillix Says:

      Sorry – the perils of working methodically through all the feedback in order means we answered you anyway!

      Glad you’re liking Done.

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