The Wonder of Wunderlist

The Alumni Career Services team recently decided that we have too many to-do lists: some on nicely laid out agendas and printed out lists, some on post its, some in our email tasks, even some on the proverbial back of the napkin.  And the lists are all encompassing: immediate action items, things not to forget, ideas for the future, articles to read… I’m a big believer in process and we definitely needed a process.

A facebook friend mentioned that her husband’s company was using Wunderlist and she would get updates from him on household to-do’s and the latest need from the grocery store. Intrigued, I checked it out. And now I am obsessed.

Wunderlist allows you mange all of your post-its, napkins, papers, and e-lists in one place. It’s simple in its concept and interface but also has organizational capabilities that, let’s face it, post-its can’t provide.  Even better, it allows us to communicate as a team around tasks and action items, interesting things or people we come across, etc, so it becomes part of our shared and collective “brain.”

1.  Create multiple to-do lists for work or for home.  With the growth of technology, our work and home lives are continuing to merge. Why not have one system for both?  I’ve told the ACS staff specifically that they can use this tool to keep track of their grocery list, fitness goals, books to read – whatever is helpful to them personally in addition to professionally.

2. Create shared lists.  I share lists with each staff member so that we can communicate quick to-do’s or topics to discuss at our next meeting.

3. Assign tasks. Similar to creating shared lists, you can assign tasks to staff members.

4. Assign due dates. What’s a good to-do item without a due date associated with it?

5. Create sub-tasks. As with most if not all professionals, one to-do is actually about 10!  Keep track of each of the pieces of a project via sub-tasks associated with it.

6. Add notes. Remind yourself of context or special instructions that accompany a task.

7.  Email directly to your to-do list. This is probably my favorite feature. It saves things from dropping so far down my in my inbox that I forget to follow up. It also saves me from emailing little to-do’s to my staff – I just add to our shared Wunderlist.

8.  Access from anywhere.   Wunderlist syncs across your devices – phone, ipad, and computer.

9.  Filter  your lists.  Either view by category, starred, or today’s to do’s to help you prioritize your day!

There is a free version of Wunderlist in addition to a pro and “for business” subscription that have nominal annual fees associated with them and some enhanced capabilities.  Check it out: www.wunderlist.com

Using Wunderlist already? Let us know what features you like best and how maximize the tool!

 

 

Office Secret Santa

It’s that time of year… office holiday parties abound, secret santas have been chosen, and we’re counting down the days in the office.  Knowing what to get co-workers can be tough so here are a few ideas we love that all relate back to the office!

For the colleague who loves lists and still refuses to put their to-do list on their ipad:
Mini Goals Notepad

Paper Source

Who doesn’t need a cute calendar on their desk? This letterpress version is a Paper Source annual calendar is functional and fun:
Small Desk Calendar

Paper Source

For the colleague who is obsessed with their legal pad for taking notes. Help them step it up a notch with this classic moleskin notebook available in a variety of colors:

Moleskin Notebook
Paper Source

 

Isotoner® Tech Touch Gloves - Teal/Aqua

For the coworker who can’t stop texting or is always on their iphone:
Isotoner Tech Gloves

Target

These simple to-do lists are fun and functional:
Kate Spade

The Long List Notepad

This clever ipad case looks just like an old book – it’s unusual and perfect for your boss or techy colleague:
IPad Case

TwelveSouth

Saddle Leather Business Card Holder

This monogrammed business holder is a classic and elegant gift for the coworker who has it all:
Business Card Holder

PotteryBarn

Succulent Garden

For the co-worker who needs a little zen in their life, give them a plant that is easy to care for like a succulent garden:
Succulent Garden
1800Flowers

Airplant Terrarium

Terrariums are trending so get bonus points for this creative gift: 
Mini Terrarium

1800Flowers

For that colleague losing momentum during the holiday season:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Amazon

Cold & flu season sounds so horrible, but this creative tiki tissue box will keep even the nose of the sickest co-worker dry:
Tiki Tissue Box
ThinkGeek

Things We Love… At Work

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Say Thank You… Sometimes we forget the power of a simple thank you note.  They aren’t just for interviews or gifts either. Thank you notes can be powerful tools when networking.  If you’ve had a great conversation with someone, they have provided you with some sage advice, connected you with colleagues, or sent business your way, don’t forget about the power of a handwritten note.  We love these simple and classy personalized notes available online or print on PaperlessPost.
Source:  http://paperlesspost.com

Triple C for J.Crew universal charger

Stay connected…  Don’t worry about your cell phone not being charged for that next conference call when you have this handy universal charger. We love this striped version from J Crew.
Source:  http://jcrew.com

Put Pen to Paper…  We’re always in search for the perfect pen and we might have found it!  It can write 1.7 meters a day for 7 years. We’ll let you know if it runs out of ink any time soon!
Source: http://Paper-Source.com

“One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.” – Anon  We all may use our e-calendars and smart phones to schedule or lives but there is something to be said for a classic calendar.  We love this oversize desk blotter calendar to keep track of events, birthdays, holidays, and our to-do lists.  Use your 7 year pen to jot down your important meetings and deadlines.
Source: http://Paper-Source.com

Spice up your brown bag lunch… This Ikat Cooler Lunch Bag is perfect for bringing your lunch to the office. The whole thing goes in your freezer and will keep your lunch cold through all of your morning meetings.  Plus, the patterns are on trend for fall!
Source: http://Paper-Source.com