I recently came across another task/list management web application called Gubb. Now, as you all know, I’m a hardcore Remember The Milk fan. I’ve written extensively about it’s Smart Lists and Tags, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore a good thing when I see it. Also, it seems there are some core features lacking in Remember The Milk, that are pretty important to some people. Here are a few features that Gubb has that are missing from RTM:
Drag-and-drop your list items
Apparently, people like to move list items around and put them in a specific order. Gubb allows simple drag-and-drop to put your list order. You also have the ability to drag items between lists and drag the lists around on the page.
I’m not sure this is good for productivity because I can’t think of how it helps you get things done. Your tasks should be order by date and/or priority. Remember The Milk allows you to order tasks in this manner. I don’t see how putting things in some arbitrary order helps.
View multiple lists at once
I guess viewing all of your lists simultaneously would give you an overview of all the things you need to get done for all contexts (home, office, errands, etc.) and all projects, but it sounds like information overload to me. You can’t DO everything at the same time, so why do you need to look at everything at the same time?
Using a single Smart list in Remember The Milk, I can pull in all the highest priority or next-action items into one single list. This gives me the ability to focus on one list, knock things off one by one, but still move all my projects/lists forward.
Minimize lists or even hide them
This is irrelevant unless you are looking at multiple lists in the first place, but just goes back to the fact that doing so is probably not that useful. Gubb allows you to minimize a list while RTM only lets you see one list at a time.
Gubb has a nice, clean interface. I think it’s great for managing lists of things if you just like collecting lists, but I feel that Remember the Milk is better for task management. Everyone is different, though. I have a system built around RTM that works great for me. It’s always good to keep your options open and Gubb is definitely worth a look if you need something to handle your tasks and lists.