Todoist: serenity instead of stress – com! professional

If you are neck and neck at work, Todoist can change your life. A guide.

The question “How are you?” is often answered with a classic: “I’m under stress, we have a brutal amount of work!” This suggests that the issues of stress and work belong together. But that’s not the case. Those who are absorbed in their work and love it can work until they drop and feel motivated and enthusiastic at the same time.

Real stress is a synonym for fear – for example the fear of disappointing others or of not doing one’s job properly. But above all it is the fear of losing control. If you lose track of all the small and large tasks and no longer know where your head is, then you lose control – and this creates the feeling that makes us sleepless.

The good news: There is a remedy for this. It is true that no software in the world can release you from your obligations. But some programs are invaluable when it comes to overseeing and channeling tasks. This means that you are in control at all times. Perhaps the software also shows you that a workload is impossible. This is not a question of surrender, on the contrary: it is just the important realization that something has to be straightened out, postponed or delegated.

Getting Things Done

There are several ways to organize your work, such as with a notepad and sticky notes. In recent years, however, the “Getting Things Done” method (GTD for short) has become widely accepted. Translated somewhat casually, this motto means “Get your stuff done”. This is a self-management method that was developed by the US trainer and consultant David Allen. Of course, quite a fuss is made about this teaching: There are certified training courses, books and seminars and therefore reminds of Tupperware, Thermomix and the Weight Watchers.

Nevertheless, several programs are based on this method. We’ll take a look at the process using Todoist software, which is considered to be one of the best GTD solutions out there. Todoist supports all platforms of all rank. With the free version you can at least check the water – but maybe that’s enough for you. Above this page at Todoist you will find the links to all versions for Macs, PCs, iOS and Android devices.

First contact

The registration is done quickly. Open the website todoist.com/de. Click on the big red button “Get started now” and choose a form of registration. You will then receive a confirmation email.

Todoist’s free offering is remarkably generous. After logging in, the data is backed up in the Todoist cloud and synchronized with all connected devices. Changes are usually synchronized in a few seconds. Thanks to smartphones, Todoist can be ubiquitous – and that’s part of the recipe for success when it comes to capturing every task immediately. More on that in a moment.

After signing in, you’ll see Todoist in a more tidy way than it ever will be. The indispensable elements “Entrance”, “Today” and “Coming soon” can be found at the top left (Fig. 1) (A). Below you can see the «Projects» (B), the big chunks: A project can deal with the construction of a house or devote itself to planning a vacation. It can also be a simple shopping list that you share with your partner. Your decision.

Photo 1: Everything is still empty and peaceful

(Those: PCtipp.ch)

The «labels» (C) bundle similar tasks without destroying the existing structure. If you prefer to get calls over and done with early, tag these tasks with the Calling label so that they appear in this area, no matter what project they belong to. And finally, the “filters” help to bundle (D) tasks according to mixed criteria – such as all clarifications that have to be completed in the next three days.


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