I have a to-do list system that works really well for me, and I’m quite content to stick with it. The only downside is that it’s not digital, so I have to have the to-do list with me at all times or I don’t know what I should be working on. It’s fine most of the time, but it can get annoying. Knowing this, I’m always glad to give a digital to-do list a shot – especially when it’s got a twist.
LazyMeter is a cool online to-do list that takes your tasks and organizes them into a playlist. Your main focus is the list of tasks you have just for the day, so you’re just focusing on what you need to do in the present. There are ways to add and keep track of scheduled and unscheduled future tasks as well – the scheduled tasks will appear on the day’s playlist as appropriate. That sure sounds like a unique twist on task management!
Setting up Your Lists
First let’s take a look at exactly how LazyMeter works. After you sign up you can immediately begin to add tasks. The default list is today’s list, or your “playlist.” In addition to the playlist, you can add scheduled, upcoming tasks to the pause list or add unscheduled tasks to the stop or “someday” playlist.
Adding tasks is a piece of cake. In fact, all that you need is a title. LazyMeter sets the date for you (or doesn’t set one), depending upon the list that you’re on. If you’re on your playlist, the date is the current date. The pause list defaults to the next day, and the stop list doesn’t assign a date at all. Clicking on the to-do item gives you editing options and allows you to add/edit the task’s date.
In addition to editing the title and due date for tasks, there’s one more editing feature worth noting. You can also choose to add notes to the to-do item. The notes appear whenever you select the to-do. I always appreciate this feature. It’s handy for adding details I don’t want to put on the main to-do entry title. Surprisingly, it’s not a common to-do list feature, so I was pleased to see it in LazyMeter.
Getting the Most Out of LazyMeter
The three playlists on LazyMeter offer most of the functionality found in the app. There is another tab below the stopped list, however, which is important to note as well. This tab is where you can find your LazyMeter statistics and a list of all the tasks you have completed up to this point. The app provides charts showing the number of tasks you complete as well as the type of task. As you use LazyMeter you can track your best days and trace how successful you have been in terms of completing tasks. Paired with the ever present progress bar at the top of each playlist, checking off and tracking tasks is easy and motivating.
Another cool feature is tucked away in the settings, and that’s the ability to receive an email every day with the day’s to-dos. LazyMeter automatically moves tasks from pause to play as their due date comes up. The daily email allows you to get your day started off right, by seeing exactly what you need to accomplish for the day. It’s a nice way to make sure you focus on the important stuff each day.
Last but not least, a brief mention of mobile access is in order. LazyMeter doesn’t have an app at this time, but they do have a pretty awesome mobile site. You can sign in, view your lists and add tasks. I think the mobile site actually looks better than the desktop site, though it doesn’t offer the complete functionality of the desktop site (e.g. no statistics). Fortunately, the desktop version is always available with just the click of a button.
Making the Switch?
As always, after trying out LazyMeter I was left with a decision to make. Should I stick with the app or go back to the system I know? Well, let’s break down the good and the bad of LazyMeter.
Starting with the good, I love the premise of LazyMeter. The idea of the playlists and a list of tasks just for the day is a great way to look at a to-do list app. It’s not entirely unique, but lays a pretty good foundation. The little things also really help to make LazyMeter a worthwhile app in many aspects. The daily email is a great touch. The mobile site is easy to use and quite intuitive. Adding notes to to-do items is incredibly helpful and I can’t believe it’s not a common feature in similar apps. Lastly, the statistics are great. The ability to track my success with my to-do list is unique and useful.
Unfortunately, there’s some bad. The biggest issues for me are the overall design choices made for the site. While the mobile site is at least simple and easy on the eyes, the desktop version pairs a bizarre array of colors with, well, some pretty lazy looking graphics. On top of the cosmetic flaws, the site doesn’t even take advantage of the space it has to work with. Without a more compelling site, I don’t think that LazyMeter can expect great user retention. I know that I probably won’t stick with the service, as nice as some of the features are. I want to enjoy looking at the app, and unfortunately the look of LazyMeter isn’t one I enjoy.
So LazyMeter has some great features and the premise definitely warrants some further usage. Unfortunately, the look of the app is killing it for me. Without a new design, LazyMeter has likely lost me as a user.
What are your thoughts on the app? For being a free to-do list manager, it’s got some cool features. Are you going to try it out? Do you already use it? Do you love it or hate it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.