Todo App: Dynalist

I’ve been looking for a good Todo app to keep all my many projects organized. I think I found one, Dynalist.

Maybe it’s too simple, or maybe it’s beauty is in its simplicity. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks and it’s been a help!

It’s free for the basic version but I’ll pay the $8/month for Google Calendar integration. The referral link above will get you a free month of Pro :-)


I considered several other systems:

  • Google Keep is where I started this journey. Trouble is, it feels like writing notes on Post-its and flinging them down a flight of stairs.
  • I’ve been using a Google Doc to track things for a long while but it’s rather unwieldy!
  • Workflowy is very similar but I liked Dynalist better. The Android and IOS interface is a little better (I can drag things around more reliably) and the Google Calendar integration works well.
  • I tried to get started with but it looked like a bear. It’s a team app, not a solo app.
  • Looked at OneNote but the lack of calendar integration and… I don’t know… “sitting flat” didn’t excite me
  • Evernote might have worked. I tried it a few years ago and it seemed to want to push me into their system instead of adapting to me. Maybe I’ll try again someday.
  • Checkvist might have worked but it seemed to be very (a little too) shiny-new.
  • Obsidian is nice but doesn’t have calendar integration. It feels like it’s more for creating and managing information webs. That’s rather useful but not what I need.

Right now, I’m still getting used to using Markup language instead of… I don’t know what you call it… “enhanced” text? For example: a link looks like [this]( instead of this. And I’m still learning all the keyboard commands;  the graphic interface is very good but I want to use keyboard commands for their speed! It seems like all the commands are there but.. fingers! It reminds me of EMACS a little. Go ahead and try hitting Ctrl-Shift-Backspace multiple times in a row!


One Comment

  1. Lee says:

    Followup: Malcolm K showed me the Notion manager. It’s more powerful but too complicated for me. I need more “fast cheap and out of control” so I’m going to stick with Dynalist for a while!

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