What is Wunderlist?

Last updated: March 28, 2016 - 11:45am EDT

Keeping track of the important things that we need to do in life, beyond our day-to-day routine, is a seemingly never-ending challenge.  That's especially true when you're working with a group of people and need to split responsibilities between the different members.  Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and strategies out there to help people manage their priority to-dos, and one is a computer program from Germany called Wunderlist.  You can use it on Wunderlist.com, or download it to your desktop computer or mobile device so that you can be on top of your appointments and errands on the go.

So what exactly is Wunderlist?

Wunderlist is a task management tool available for multiple platforms.  It allows you to create checklists of related tasks, and then customize your tasks with various features.  You can write notes and comments about a task, set due dates or reminders, add sub-tasks, or even upload supplementary files!

How does Wunderlist work?  4 ways to use Wunderlist

1. Customizable task categories

You can create multiple different task categories, called "lists", in Wunderlist to keep track of different types of responsibilities.  For instance, you might have one list for special assignments from work, and one for family events and errands.  You can even share lists so that your family members or work partners who use Wunderlist can see them and the tasks within!

2. Richly interactive "to-dos"

Within each list, you can create a series of tasks called "to-dos", and check them off as you do them.  But there's so much more to to-dos than that!  You can set due dates or reminders for them, break them up into sub-tasks, add additional notes, discuss them with other people who have access to the list, or even upload files or voice recordings to them that can be shared with list invitees!

3. Simple search functions

Need to find something on Wunderlist?  Just type a word or phrase in the search box, and Wunderlist will search through all lists and to-dos for what you're looking for.  That includes notes, sub-tasks, and comments.  If you want to make searching easier, you can even use "hashtags"!

4. Available on the go

Wunderlist can be used from its own website, but if you need it to be more portable, you can have it that way!  You can download and install Wunderlist on your desktop computer, or get a version for your tablet computer or smart phone.  All of your Wunderlist apps can link to the same account, so there's no need about doing work in one place and not being able to access it in another!


Okay!  That's a brief introduction to what Wunderlist is and what it does.  Next, we'll go over the potential costs of using it, and then review its pros and cons.  Then, we'll show you how to use it on your device of choice!


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