The Third Device

A blog about the iPad.

Productivity Porn!

Believe it or not, there’s such a thing as productivity porn.

There must be some sort of underlying psychological reason for an unnatural attraction to planners, Moleskines, pens, office supplies, and other paraphernalia; I just don’t know what it might be. Whatever it is, I’ve had frequent bouts with this addiction. In my lifetime, I’ve had more than a few Franklin Coveys, Day-Timers, and other organizers (but not Trapper Keepers).

My wife is the same, if not worse. We both get a kick out of wandering around office supplies stores (ooh! colored mini Post-Its!) and own a reasonably modest collection of fountain pens. I have to put a disclaimer on that because we have a bunch of friends who own absolutely fantastic (and EXPENSIVE!) pens.

Now when it comes to digital productivity, I’ve used a variety of products on my Mac ranging from stand alone organizers like Circus Ponies Notebook to cloud-based systems like Remember the Milk, Evernote, Toodledo (my current favorite) and the now defunct I Want Sandy. I also swear by Google Calendar and the rest of the Google Apps bundle.

However, when it comes to the iPad, the built in organization tools just don’t do it for me. The calendar is a little too basic, and ugh, no built-in to-do list?

A few of my Mac favorites like Evernote and Toodledo have already made it over to the iPad platform but I highly recommend you pick up ToDo from Appigo. As of this writing, it’s currently #1 on the Paid Applications list on the US App Store. And I can see why – the attention to detail and aesthetics is remarkable. Since it features synchronization with Toodledo, it’s in fact a much better client than the app released by Toodledo themselves.

Toodledo on the iPad. Boring!

Toodledo on the iPad. Boring!

Todo from Appigo on the iPad. Gorgeous!

Todo from Appigo on the iPad. Gorgeous!

Am waiting for the upcoming iPad-native version of Pocket Informant to round out my arsenal. How about you guys? Any apps you swear by and would like to suggest?

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May 13, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. Aren’t you glad I pimped Pocket Informant to you? 😉

    But wow that Todo Appigo looks so pretty!!!!

    Comment by Cyn | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. I used to use Appigo’s ToDo – but scrapped it in favor for 2Do.

    Having said that, I’m pretty sure it’ll kick ToDo’s interface’s ass once they port it to the iPad.

    But of course my #1 app would still be Agile Web solutions’s 1Password. It’s the first thing I install on my Desktop, Laptop, iPhone and iPod touch, and will be the first I’ll install on the iPad. NOTHING can touch it… NOTHING.

    Comment by nargalzius | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. I get a kick out of using these things, but it’s always moot coz I never follow my own schedule. :p

    Comment by PJ | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  4. Aww, Oakley! Hehehe…

    Count me in! I like buying post-its and fountain pens too. My organizational tools are still old-school.. calendar and to-do list in a bulky daily planner notebook. Everything is color-coded using stabilo highlighters. I still prefer it over any to-do list software, ’cause I don’t want to be bringing my laptop with me everyday, and mobile phone calendars can’t show the whole week at a glance (I tended to overbook myself back when I was using a mobile phone calendar).. BUT I’m sure I’ll make the switch when I get an iPad. I hope they develop a better calendar app than the iCal though.

    Comment by Ria | May 14, 2010 | Reply


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