I’ve written like, 10 posts on “staying organized in college“, and up to this point I’ve never felt like I actually found something that really worked for me. I don’t even want to know how much money I’ve dropped on planners (it’s at least a couple hundred), and I’ve downloaded and deleted twice as many apps. But y’all.
I found the perfect app.
I got an email a couple months ago from a guy named John, who’s the CEO of Taskade. He asked me to try out his new app, and as both a tech major and a blogger, I’ve made a habit of quickly skimming over any product pitch emails (no I don’t want to donate to your Kickstarter for a smart dog collar!). But this email was short and simple:
“We built a beautiful outliner for brainstorming, note sharing, and managing tasks.”
Umm, okay, this sounds like something I could get into.
So I immediately checked it out, downloaded the app for my Macbook, and started messing around. It quickly became obvious that this company put a lot of thought into the design of this app, because my first thoughts were “HOT DAMN THIS APP IS GORGEOUS”.
I started transferring all of my notes from other random apps I’ve been using for the past few months, and everything just made sense. Like, yes, let me make this list for all my ongoing goals and add a cute sparkle emoji to the title and use some checkmarks and make some headings. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you why I love this thing.
Taskade—Lists made easy.
Taskade is basically an all-in-one app for taking notes, making lists, and organizing your life. The best way I can describe it is that it’s a bullet journal for people who can’t commit to physical things but still want a lot of customization. This is what the main page looks like:
You can customize all the colors, and choose a background from a list of photos. Pretty much the entire look of this app is up to you. I really liked the look of having emojis next to all of my titles, so I did that (on a Macbook just press CTRL + CMD + Spacebar)!
Then I made Groups for my personal notes, blog notes, and a special project I’m not revealing quite yet 😉 They recently added a feature to let you collaborate on notes, so you could easily make a group for your project team or roommates!
Within each of these Groups, you can create any type of List you want (it doesn’t even have to be a list, you can just jot some notes down). Here’s an example of what that looks like:
You can add headings, checkmark boxes, and bullet points, so it’s easy to customize your list into whatever layout you need. The checkmark boxes and bullet points are also interactive, so if you click on them, they get crossed out and you can have them disappear from the page if you want them to! If you make a heading with list items underneath, you can also collapse that list, which is perfect for those super long probably shouldn’t have even made this lists.
I’ve been using this app for about two months now, which is probably the longest I’ve actually used an app like this before giving up on it. They also just came out with an iOS and Android app a couple weeks ago which changed my grocery shopping life!!
Let me know if you end up trying this out, I genuinely want to know if this ended being a great tool for some of you! This isn’t sponsored I promise, I just really like this app and couldn’t keep it to myself for any longer 😅