I have always been a huge fan of using text-based todo lists to help manage the things that I need to get done. The reason I’ve chosen to use a text-only todo list is the simplicity of being able to update and organize items the way I need to. The free Holly web app is catering heavily to everyone that falls under the same umbrella as me.
With Holly you get the best of all worlds: the ease of managing your todo list using a text-only format while getting a UI that looks like a traditional todo list. As you can see in the screenshot above this looks like your typical todo list app, but underneath it’s just a text-based list that you can update. You can also see some special formatting for things such as tags, and you can also see the green letters labeled “5d” and “2d” which represents how many days you have left until the deadline.
So how do you edit this todo list? If you click on any of the items in the list you will see the associated text for that particular task and all others at the same level and below. That means if you click on one of the topmost items in the list you should see everything, and for the example in the screenshot above this is what the associated text looks like:
Pretty cool, huh? They developed a simple and elegant way to transform a simple block of text into a beautifully formatted todo list. With that example you can also see how they assign due dates and use tags to make finding items even faster.
Take a look at some of the features highlighted by the developer:
- Edit pure text
Edit your tasks with the most powerful input method that exists – a simple text editor.
- Nested TODO lists
Tasks are mini-projects with their own sub-tasks, which you can track in lists of lists. Quickly re-arrange items with drag’n’drop.
- Keyboard controlled
Everything you can do in Holly you can do with either a keyboard or a mouse. There are hotkeys for everything.
Share lists with your coworkers, friends and family. No sign up required.
- All your tasks, everywhere
Access your tasks from any browser. Holly also works great on your iPhone or Android device.
I highly recommend giving this a try if you haven’t already. It’s a great free service that doesn’t even require an account for you to use it.