Never miss a step with Microsoft To Do
July 01, 2022
Never miss a step with Microsoft To Do
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft To Do
As a small business owner also working a full-time career and managing a small family, it's hard to juggle all things at once without something slipping through. I use Microsoft To-Do to keep all of my tasks bucketed into their respective "families" you could say and make sure I don't miss deadlines for projects I'm working on. It also helps me see and plan far in the future. I use Groups in To-Do to manage lists for large-scope projects that could span over months or years. Before I used Microsoft To-Do, things were falling through the cracks, or a deadline would come up that I didn't park anywhere in a usable way, and it would be too late to act on it.
- Simple task management. Through lists and groups, you can assign tasks, organize them into groups, and add deadlines (or not) to each of them. You can also add micro-steps within each task if you want to break it down even further.
- Daily View - I know what's next, as well as what's coming up. I can turn on my laptop in the morning, open up Microsoft To-Do, and clearly see what needs to be done that day, what I may have missed from previous days, and what is coming up tomorrow.
- The ability to add detail to a task. You can add micro-steps, like mentioned above, but also reminders that ding in-app, a deadline, a repeating deadline (which I love for weekly or monthly tasks), a category, files, and notes.
- When adding a task with a repeating deadline, if the first deadline is set to a future date, the deadline will revert to "Today." This essentially has me set the deadline twice. If I remember this glitch, I'll set the repeating schedule first, then the deadline.
- Productivity Increase - Knowing exactly what I need to do and when makes sure that I am on the right track, working on the right project and task at the right time, and not missing anything (or wasting my time on tasks that don't move the needle).
- I'm delivering and following through on projects (big and small) without worrying about if I'm missing anything. This has helped specifically in product releases. One task I used to be late on every year was holiday greeting card releases in May. No one is ever ready to design holiday cards in April, so I wasn't even thinking about it. However, retail shops are buying their holiday products in the summer. I would always remember September as the weather started to change, which would lead me to miss out on the bulk of retail shop sales. With Microsoft To-Do, I mapped out the entire project, starting with designing 3 Hanukkah cards, to 3 Christmas cards, to printing them, photographing them, listing them, and marketing them. All with deadlines attached. Every detail was planned out in a doable way. For two years in a row, I did not miss out on this release and my sales have increased 300% year-over-year in part because of my release planning in Microsoft To-Do.
- Do you know those tasks that pop up in meetings that you write down somewhere and then sometimes just completely forget? No? Just me? Either way, I used to have them scattered in notepads, sticky notes, and notebooks, and a lot would be lost in the wind. With Microsoft To-Do, I take all of those to-dos gathered during the day and add them to my to-do list with a deadline at the end of my work day. Now, I never miss anything.
Microsoft To-Do simply put just does to-do lists very well. I don't want the visual components of software like Trello or ClickUp, and I had used Asana in previous roles and just found it to have too much going on. I also didn't like the notification system of Asana, constantly getting the most random emails about projects I was only slightly involved in. I tried the free trial of ClickUp and found it to be too overwhelming. I just wanted to have large groups for personal life, work, and business, then be able to have projects and goals underneath them, and plan tasks that meet that goal. Microsoft To-Do is a solid, simple product that gives me everything I need from a planning perspective.
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It really depends on the colleague to determine if I recommend the product. I don't use the Microsoft email service, but it does tie to that product. It isn't so much a "visual" to-do list as some other products like ClickUp, so if my colleague needs more of a visual look at their projects and to-do list, I wouldn't recommend it. However, what this software does really well is simplicity. It just works, and it works really well. I can see all of my projects for the quarter on the left-hand side for work, business, and life, then can click through to see details of each goal. I always have a daily view of my to-dos that helps me plan my day to be as productive as possible.