Organize Your Work Life with WorkFlowy
This is your brain: cluttered, disorganized, nerve-wracked, unproductive.
This is your brain on WorkFlowy: neat, orderly, calm, effective.
I didn't realize how much I needed this free Web-based organizer until I started using it. Five minutes in, I was hooked. WorkFlowy is just that good.
After signing up for an account, you're presented with an almost entirely blank page. To get started, create a heading for something: a project, a goal, ideas, your daily to-do list, or whatever. Then press Enter, followed by Tab, and type your first entry. After a couple entries, you'll the get the knack: Workflowy is little more than an outliner, but one that's fast, easy, and unobtrusive.
And it follows traditional outlining "rules": press Tab to increase the indent, Shift-Tab to decrease it, and so on. You can drag and drop items within and between sections, show or hide completed items, and search your lists. And if you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts (like I am), you'll find a host of them here. (To make them visible, click Settings, then enable Help me learn the keyboard shortcuts.)
I particularly like WorkFlowy's "zoom" option, which brings a particular section or task to the foreground until you navigate back to your main list. You zoom something just by clicking its associated bullet point. And if you hover over a bullet, you get a list of available actions: Add a note, share, delete, and so on. (One small glitch: some of these pop-up controls didn't seem to work in Google Chrome.)
WorkFlowy also has basic sharing features, not unlike Google Docs, so you can invite others to view and/or edit your list(s).
I've already started using the service to organize my work projects and ideas, but I can see it being a huge benefit for some personal lists and goals as well. It's great for brain dumps, by which I mean putting everything down "on paper," then organizing it to your liking.
WorkFlowy is simple, effective, and free. What's not to like?
WorkFlowy is so powerful and polished, you just might be able to use it to outline your entire life.
- Animated, airy interface
- Powerful search and autocompletion
- Definite learning curve