It’s about time that I produced a Wunderkit review. It’s been about 8 months since the Wunderkit beta was made public and I have intentionally avoided writing any kind of review for a long while. For this Wunderkit review, I didn’t want to write about “this” feature or “that” feature, but instead how this tool has changed my life, because that is the true testament to any productivity system, tool or process. I’m not interested in contexts and time tracking or whatever. I want to have a simpler and more productive life.
And now I have. Here’s how it works.
I was an avid Wunderlist user back in 2011. I used it for most things I could. But there was something missing – some way to better manage what’s happening at work, at home, and on Cloud Productivity. I needed more. More ways to segment and compartmentalized my tasks.
When I first logged in to Wunderkit I could tell the similarity to Wunderlist. It has the same backgrounds available and the look and feel of tasks is familiar. Even as someone new to task management, the design, as 6Wunderkinder has become widely known for, is flawless and easy to navigate. One of the first things to notice is the Workspaces list on the left. You can create as many, or as few, Workspaces as you like. A Workspace is like a project, or as I prefer to call them, a “life area”. THIS was the big differentiator for me that swapped me over to Wunderkit. Now, in a single system I could manage my activities for work, home and the site, without these worlds colliding. Each workspace has a unique name, description and can have its own image. The background you set for one Workspace can be different to other Workspaces, too. This is really handy and helps you quickly differentiate between workspaces and where you are.
So I created a few workspaces and discovered that you can even change the URL for the workspace! This is great if you want to share the workspace with other people – it makes remembering the location of your tasks much easier.
Delving into a Workspace you will see three options – Dashboard, Tasks and Notes.
The Dashboard is like your personal radar for that Workspace. It will show you everything you need to do on the right and on the left you’ll see everything that has happened within the Workspace. This includes tasks being created and completed, comments being made and more. It really helps to keep your finger on your pulse and to review what you, or a Workspace collaborator, has recently done. The list of tasks on the right is a list of all tasks in the Workspace which are either assigned to you, or assigned to no one. This is a great quick reference point to assess everything that needs to be done.
The tasks section of a Workspace is really straight forward. It’s very easy to create new lists and create new tasks. You can also drag and drop tasks between lists and reorder the lists themselves. When creating a new task there is the option to “star” it, which makes it a priority. And there’s also the options to assign one or more people to the task, add multiple tags and set a due date. Editing any task is easy and can be done by double-clicking on the task name.
What to Do
With tasks now setup and priorities and due dates set, the What to Do list organically becomes the first place to look for things to do. The bottom left corner of Wunderkit shows a large tick icon. When the tick has a badge number it means there are things to be done, now! A click of the tick reveals those tasks that are either: due today, overdue, or marked as a priority. This list shows tasks from all Workspaces and automatically updates as things are done and new tasks and priorities are created. Tasks can be ticked off from this list, or to add or reply to a comment, clicking the Workspace icon to the right of the task will load that single task and the list of comments related to it.
It’s incredibly valuable to be working in one Workspace and still be able to create new tasks or notes for other Workspaces. The QuickAdd (or as I prefer to call it, BrainDump+) option is perfect for this. By clicking on the plus icon in the bottom-left corner, you can easily create new tasks and notes anywhere. Tasks will go straight in to the Inbox list of the Workspace selected when creating the task, allowing you to later review the Inbox and organise the tasks into their respective lists.
Social Productivity and Interaction
Wunderkit introduces us to a social hybrid of “doing” and “procrastinating”. The social tools in Wunderkit make it very powerful for collaborating with others via comments on tasks and notes and fuels conversation with fans and followers through the public Workspace profile. The public profile acts like a wall where anyone can post a message and interact with one of your Workspaces. Workspace members can use this tool to communicate and interact with other people who are not part of the Workspace. It’s great for keeping fans up-to-date on what you’re working on and what’s planned, giving fans valuable insight into the people behind the product or service.
So has Wunderkit helped me? Undoubtedly! I use Wunderkit to manage my personal activities, this site and others, things to do at my 9 to 5 job, other projects I’m working on with others, and more. It’s incredibly easy to use and when combined with Wunderkit for iPhone the outcome is amazing. If you haven’t yet tried Wunderkit, you owe it to yourself to try it out. It’s free and simply amazing. If I would give it a score, it would be 9/10 and I’m confident that when it comes out of beta it’ll be a solid 10/10.
You can learn a lot more about Wunderkit and how to use it to organize your entire life in the unofficial e-book - Wunderbook: Life Organized with Wunderkit. Learn how to get started with Wunderkit, what each area of the tool means and how to use it to get things done better, and with more style than ever before!