A great couples to do list app can help you take your relationship to the next level. Hear me out.
Be it moving in together, getting married or taking a trip, the big events in your relationship all require a healthy dose of task management and sharing duties and responsibilities. The day to day could also do with an equal division of the mundane tasks too right? They say it’s about making the right compromises.
With that in mind, here are a few options we’ve explored for managing your shared chores and preparing for those special days together.
Infinitely flexible. Incredibly productive for teams of all sizes. Trello manages everything, from big project details to micro tasks. Collaborate anywhere, even on mobile.
Trello quickly became an office go-to for cloud based project management. It offers a simple, adjustable to do list that office and knowledge workers can use to manage projects and workflows in “boards”. A handy calendar view allows you to see just what’s coming up this week too.
Using both internal and external Trello boards for work, creating a separate board for sharing with your partner could be an easy extension. There’s even a handy selection of home templates you can copy and use for things like meal planning, renovations, vacation planning and household chores.
What does a Trello to-do list for couples look like in practice?
My home board, has a collection of household chores, landscaping projects, holiday planning and kids activities. Some of these activities need scoping out if they’re a big task, so we have a stage for that.
By placing the activities in a Trello board we can prioritize tasks, set reminders, set who is responsible and most of all not let important thighs like date night slide. As a family it also allows us to manage our time between tasks and having fun with the kids.
You can add images to a task to liven it up, or to explain what you’d like, this is handy in renovation tasks, or for remembering what kind of light bulb or screw type you needed to get.
4/5 – Trello is intuitive, simple to adopt and has flexibility as a couple’s shared to do list. Adding images to a task can brighten up an otherwise mundane list. It also comes with a number of plugins to connect with your work lists, other apps and productivity tools that can come in handy. Our top pick.
Become focused, organized, and calm with Todoist. The world’s #1 task manager and to-do list app.
Todoist, born as a more traditional minimalistic checklist, allows you and your partner to share tasks and have multiple lists. Like Trello, you can access Todoist on all devices and platforms.
Once you have invited your partner to a to do list on todoist, it is simple to assign and share tasks with them. You can and both see common unassigned tasks and add due dates and reminders.
What does Todoist for couples look like in practice?
Todoist is minimalistic, easy to pick up and has all the features and functionality you need to create, assign and add due dates to tasks. You can even have multiple lists, for special events or larger groups of tasks, like moving house.
Like Trello, Todoist also has a number of handy list templates that you can adapt and make your own.
One use case that jumped to mind when exploring their templates was creating a Couples Bucket List from the goal tracker template. At work we often create KPIs, ORKs and Goals for the year. Just image the places you could go and the things you could do as a couple were you as diligent with the most important relationship in your life.
3/5 – loads of list templates, easy to use and intuitive. Our second pick.
Microsoft To Do
Focus, from work to play with the best to do list app
For those with a Microsoft account, their web app to do list is another alternative to consider.
With many of the features of the other two apps. The only major drawback of Microsoft To Do being it is a web app. This means you’ll need an internet connection to see it and notifications for due dates and reminders will come to your email address, rather than as alerts in an app (as they do with Trello and Todoist).
What does Microsoft To Do look like in practice?
The apps is great. Coming from the original Wunderlist, often praised as one of the best web app to do lists, it has lots of handy features. You can allocate tasks, set reminders and even set recurring tasks, like putting the rubbish out every Monday, or recycling each fortnight.
2/5 – the lack of a dedicated mobile app takes Microsoft To Do further down our, um… to do list.
Tick choosing a to do list app off your list
Whatever your final choice in a to do list app, I guarantee that taking the time to divide and conquer the to do list as a couple will be a major step forward to ditching all the awkward: reminding, forgetting and re-reminding moments in your relationship. Add a great couples shared calendar, and you’re well on your way to focusing on connecting instead.
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- Sync your calendars for a single view of you and your partner’s schedule
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- Create shared events and dates
- Plan regular date nights with our new date planning tool
- Discover date night ideas & make bookings directly in Cupla (Currently NZ iOS only)