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TaskPaper: A Deceptively Simple To-Do List

Posted in GTD, productivity, To Do List Applications by jquig99 on February 26, 2008

A few months ago I received an email asking me to check out this new to-do list application, TaskPaper. I’ve been using OmniFocus which is a full-featured GTD app. But sometimes you need something simple that allows you to just get your job done.

TaskPaper takes the principles of GTD and uses a clean user interface with the focus of an outline to easily organize projects and tasks. Project titles and tags are all hyperlinked to create easy filters to find whatever you’re searching for with a click – whether you have a couple of projects or thousands of tasks.

Another thing that I like about this app is the community that has sprung up to support it. A number of developers have released products supporting TaskPaper:

* TaskPaper.web — TaskPaper on the Web
* TaskPaper.vim — TaskPaper in Vim
* TaskPaper.textmate — TaskPaper in TextMate
* TaskPaper.tada — Ta-da List export to TaskPaper
* Blocks — Pure plugin framework
* TaskPaper.bbedit — TaskPaper in BBEdit
* Tasko — Online TaskPaper

TaskPaper is a great application for down and dirty project management – and makes your life easier at the same time.

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  2. Jordan Sherer said, on March 27, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Hi there,

    If you enjoy using TaskPaper, you may be interested in the Windows counterpart TodoPaper.

    You can check it out here:

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  5. Gordon R. Vaughan said, on July 4, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I need to try out TaskPaper again sometime, since I got the full version with the MacHeist bundle. Simplicity is really important in task/project management, so just maybe it will actually have the right stuff.

    Been disappointed a lot of times, though, in this area. Even little interface issues can really get in the way of a good to-do list or project manager. If the Hog Bay folks are smart, they’ll be real careful to listen to their users to make sure they get the details right.

  6. Cody said, on October 26, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    TaskPaper is the only to-do manager I’ve been able to stick with. I tried all the big names in this area and felt the overhead was too much. TaskPaper is super quick to load up and get using and it does a decent job of keeping things organized.

  7. Jesse Grosjean said, on November 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I just wanted to note that yesterday I released TaskPaper 2.0. It’s been a year in development and is a free upgrade for existing users. Go to TaskPaper’s home page and watch the screencast to see the new features in action.

  8. jquig99 said, on November 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    @Jesse – I’ve already downloaded the new TaskPaper and started using it! FYI – my original TaskPaper post is my most read post of 2008.

    Congratulations on the release and the great work!

  9. slp said, on December 13, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I have not tried the task paper, will have to look into that. Here is an interesting article that compares GTD and DIT that may also be helpful.

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