The To-Do List

If I were to take a Quick & Dirty Survey today asking about your time commitments, I’m sure most of you would indicate that you’re often double-parked.

Being a bookseller is difficult. You have to juggle time on the sales floor, placing orders, promoting events, cleaning the restrooms… And when you finally have time to read, you have to decide which title to pick up… new release, ARC, classic. Aaaugh! The pressure!

For years I’ve struggled with my To-Do List. I’ve tried using a paper daily planner. I’ve tried to use the task function in my e-mail software. I’ve tried the reminder app on my phone. Inevitably I would end up with a little stack of notes and three separate incomplete lists in all of the above mentioned places.

But now I’ve discovered a cloud-based program and app that has actually been working for me: TeuxDeux. Described as “a simple, designy to-do app,” TeuxDeux is yet another great idea from Tina Roth Eisenberg.

This online to-do list is browser-based, so you can create items (or check them off!) at home or work, and you can access the same synced list with the iPhone app. The standard view shows five days, so you can see what’s ahead. But you can also create custom static lists for other projects or areas of your life. You can set up recurring tasks and TeuxDeux supports Markdown: some tasks carry greater weight and need more emphasis, right? If you don’t complete everything on today’s list, it will just scroll the item over to tomorrow’s. If you need to access your list later, just open the iOS app so you can be poised for the next day.

And did I mention it’s pretty?

TeuxDeux allows a 30 day trial to see if it works for you. After that, a subscription is $2/month if you pay for a full year, or $3/month if you want to go month-to-month. I pay $24/year… which is a fraction of what my daily planner costs me. So for me, it’s worth it.

For the record, this is just my personal testimonial. I’ve never met the folks behind TeuxDeux, nor do I benefit at all financially from promoting their product. I’m just sharing what works for me in case it can work for you.

Now, back to the list!

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay