A To-do list is the primary tool to boost workplace productivity. There is a multitude of apps on Slack that promise to help you manage your ever-growing task list. To-do lists either empower you to get more done or be a mere source of frustration. The secret lies in how you choose to use these Slack apps to manage your to-dos. We will first list our pick of the best Slack apps to achieve this goal. We will then look at some nifty ways to manage your to-dos.
The Top 5 Slack Apps for To-do Lists
1. To-do Bot
To-do Slack app lets you create tasks as a conversation takes place. It promises to be more powerful than a to-do list but without all the extra baggage that comes with project management tools. Here are the features that To-do offers:
- Set task priorities, add description and comments
- Mark tasks as complete from within Slack
To do also sends task reminders if you set due dates. You are also reminded daily of what tasks are due for that day. To do organizes all tasks by channels. You can get a comprehensive view of what your team is working on by looking at that specific channel. You can also keep your personal to do list separate from that of your team by just using the command /mytodo.
To-do Bot is free to use.
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listMe is a task manager built exclusively for Slack. It enables you to keep to-dos, discussions and ideas organized as lists. Lists are built into every Slack conversation, so you never forget to write down tasks. It’s simple design allows you to add list items with ease-just type /list followed by the item. You can also delete an item and check your list. Once you complete all tasks, clear the list with /list clear.
listMe offers a free trial for 30 days and their pricing plan starts at $10 a month.
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Wunderlist Slack app helps you create to-do lists collaboratively. It works as an efficient task manager, sending timely reminders so that deadlines aren’t missed. You can add comments, create and complete a to-do right from Slack. Wunderlist like other Slack to-do apps also allows you to maintain personal lists that are invisible to your team. Here is the list of features along with the slack commands:
- View tasks with /wunderlist tasks
- Create tasks with /wunderlist add [your task]
Wunderlist’s limited plan is free. Their pro plan starts at $4.99 per month.
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Kyber offers a host of features for project management, task management and personal productivity. Kyber’s time list keeps to-dos, calendars and reminders organized in one single place. Kyber also allows you to send a task as a private message to any of your team members. You can set up reminders or follow up when a task is not completed. You can also make a quick action plan for the day. Kyber makes meeting scheduling fun with interactive messages. Attach documents, add meeting agendas and manage meeting invitations. Kyber can also sync with an external calendar to bring all events to Slack.
Kyber is free for personal use. Their team plan starts at $5 per user per month.
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5. Slingr ToDone
Slingr ToDone is a task management app with cards view. This adds a visual element to the task management process. It promises to offer the same benefits as Trello+Slack coupled with Google Calendar and Contacts integration. ToDone offers the following features:
- Assign tasks and track them.
- Links and files dragged to Slack are added to ToDone.
- Channel and task notes can be recorded with ease.
Slingr ToDone offers a 10-day free trial Their pricing plan starts at $99 per month for upto 100 users.
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Tips to Manage Your To-Do List
Start with the Why
It is important to know what to add to your task list. Use these questions to keep your task lists short.
- Why am I adding this to my list of to-dos? -Add only those tasks that you will work on and eventually complete.
- Why do I need to do this task- If the task can be delegated or outsourced to someone more suited for it, do it.
Write To-dos as Action Steps
Don’t use your to-do list to add outcomes. Add action steps so you know exactly what to do when you see the list. Always start tasks with a verb. For example: Email George for availability for a demo on Monday Ensure that you use the right verb, one that is not ambiguous, this enables you to start working on the task right away.
Include Estimated Time for Each Task
Break down your tasks so that the estimated time for each task doesn’t extend beyond an hour. If it does, you have to break down your task into even smaller tasks. The bigger the task, greater is the tendency to put it off for later. When you start, your estimates may go wrong. With time as you continue to estimate, you will get closer to the actual time required for a task.
Add Resources Required to Complete Each Task
Add all the required information to your task to get started right away. Missing resources can prevent you from starting a task. Ensure information such as reference documents, contact information, etc are added to the task description.
Review Your To-do List
Every week review your task list to ensure that everything is in order. This will help you understand if set priorities are still relevant. You can also see which tasks are in danger of slipping and adjust priorities accordingly. If you constantly skip review, then it is a sign that your to-do list is in serious need of an overhaul.
Choosing a Slack App that Works for You
There are so many slack apps that can help you manage your To-do list. Your search for the perfect Slackbot doesn’t start in the app directory., it starts with examining how you manage your team tasks and to-dos. These questions can help narrow down the search:
- How do you tick off your tasks?
- Are your tasks grouped?If yes, what are the criteria for grouping?
- How long are your task descriptions? What additional details do you require?
- Do you need a visual system to track progress? The answers to these questions can help you choose an app that improves the way your team collaborates and works together Go ahead, add these apps to your workspace and get more done!