A few years ago I discovered Trello, and how I organise things hasn’t been the same since. If you’re not familiar, Trello is a digital tool that essentially allows you to create lists of items, where each item is an individual card. This week I came across another service that caught my attention with a similar look: Sunsama. It’s a calendar app built to look and feel like Trello, and I’m pretty stoked on it.
I typically describe Trello to new users (read: people I’m forcing to use it because it’s awesome) as a whiteboard of sorts with post-it notes below it. Your individual items can be dragged and dropped from list to list, and each card can be opened and included with info about it. For instance, I use the service to organise story ideas I have and include information like the contact info for a source, or notes on what I’m thinking about for the story within the notes section.
Sunsama works in a similar way, except each list is a day on your calendar, and the items below it are the things you need to do for the day. It’s a calendar-powered to-do list of sorts, that can help keep you organised and on task using a familiar set up (presuming you’re already on the Trello train).
Like Trello, the service can be used by individuals or by teams. You can see what people on your team are working on or have accomplished for the day, and if you don’t quite finish everything you had planned for the day the task will automatically roll over to the next. Tasks you finished will be forever tied to the day you completed them, making it easy to go back and see how productive you were each week or remember when you actually finished that big project.
It’s not a calendar replacement, but more a super-powered to-do list. Unlike Trello, there’s not currently a mobile app, so you have to access your account via the service’s desktop app.
If you’re using it for under 100 tasks a month, then the service is free to use. If you’re a power user and need to manage more than that (or want to include a team) then there’s a fee involved. Individual plans with unlimited tasks start at $US5 ($7) a month.