10 Best Mobile Apps for Bullet Journaling
- 2020-02-28 20:40
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While bullet journaling is served as a new practice, it’s already widely accepted among people intending to organize their time. Maybe because the new name conceals the old method of writing down tasks or because innovations spread fast nowadays, especially those about being efficient. And, of course, the mobile app industry was among the first to react.
While the system includes the index, future plans, monthly and daily plans, and bulleted lists for detailed tasks, it is not that revolutionary. On the contrary, it’s drawn upon familiar practices, and that’s why it’s so efficient. There are special paper notebooks for bullet journaling, but, in fact, any will do if you mark it right.
Moliere’s Jourdain spoke prose without realizing it; the same way many of us used to do bullet journaling (or something similar) even before the name was coined. So don’t be surprised on seeing familiar names on the list. Well-known apps for general purposes can be used for this sort of planning as well as newly emerged specialized ones. All of those reviewed are both available for iOS and Android, except for Android-only Tasks and Journal It!.
Can one resist putting the app first with a name like this? It’s a real masterpiece of journaling, with advanced to-do features and privacy. You can use it both as a private diary or as a work schedule. It’s equally great for these two purposes. You can attach notes, documents and pictures, select your mood from the list, and sum your activity.
With its calendar you can do something not for the working one, including both special events and scheduled tasks. There are also preset sections for various tasks (work, family, tourism, hobby, and so on) that you can use or add custom ones. As for privacy, you can add extra layers of protection by using passwords or your biometrics.
This app (or rather service) is highly rated by both users and publishers; on both App Store and Play Market it’s a featured one, recommended to most users. Basically free, it offers premium features for those wanting more. Not a strictly bullet journal app, it’s highly customizable, so you can use it this way as well.
To-do lists are made of boards and cards instead of plain text, and they are movable. That’s tempting, as you can edit your plans as circumstances change or you go ahead of the time. It uses colors to differentiate tasks, integrates with system calendars and cloud storage services, and notifies you when time is up for some task listed.
It’s a multiuser service that can connect colleagues within one scheduled process, sharing tasks, chatting, sending notes – that is, it’s an online schedule for teams. And yes, it can be used to spread a bullet journal over the entire workgroup. The free version supports up to 15-person teams, while subscription scales it infinitely.
It allows for adding tasks, commenting on them, marking as done or pending, attaching files, notifying colleagues of current statuses, and so on. In fact, bullet journaling can be scaled to enhance this scheme. The app has all it takes, including due dates, notifications, and even offline work; changes sync as soon as you get back online.
It’s another to-do list, less popular, but with its pros. It will take a bit of work to format the plain notebook for bullet journaling. But if you’re new to this, it can enhance your comprehension.
With TickTick you can add plans with descriptions and dates, get reminded about them, create subtasks, and so on. Probably the best thing about TickTick is its seamless integration with system calendars, both on iOS and Android. There are also widgets, hierarchical tasks, reminders, and – finally – Pomodoro timer integrated. If you don’t know what it is, you better read about it while you’re ready to perceive new knowledge to enhance your productivity.
Unlike Asana or Trello, Momento is more personal, with no team features, yet with enhanced privacy. Its uniqueness is about your person; you can connect your social media, and it will fetch your plans from, say, your Facebook reactions to the invitation, along with calendar events and emails.
It allows for adding notes and attachments to events, including photos and PDF docs. It’s the organizing hub for your life, making sure you won’t forget important events just because of, say, your Facebook detox. What makes it even better for bullet journaling is its attention to the past: it logs your history and presents it to you with your notes and marks, as well as with generated stats.
This app used to bear the least Google-friendly name Task Management. Stop giggling and look at the app: what it does is indeed task management at its best. Looking like a regular to-do list (that is great for getting involved), it reveals its features later. Encrypted data and security features are helpful when you’re using it in a team. Of course, it means that each member has to install it.
The paid version offers even more, like sending larger files or introducing project groups with multiple checklists, recurring tasks, automation, and stuff. A perfect thing for group bullet journaling, that is.
What? Well, Evernote has always been among the best tools for notetaking and planning, so one needs just the right template to use it for bullet journaling. It’s the perfect thing for those preferring writing by the hand, no matter if it’s good old paper or a stylus.
The free version has limitations that seem obsolete now; you can upload up to 60 MB monthly – isn’t that miserable? In fact, it isn’t, especially if you mostly create text notes. Lists (from bullet journal plans to grocery lists) don’t require much space. And Evernote is very rich in lists and task-managing, capable of reminding, and easy when it comes to sharing. Still, if you want more, you can subscribe and upload up to 10 GB monthly, ad infinitum.
One of the best to-do apps was endangered when Microsoft released its To-Do, but it’s still alive and kicking. Its death just was not scheduled properly. Wunderlist has proven to be a great tool for planning with task hierarchy and team features, and it’s still one of the fittest.
Its intuitive way of adding and handling tasks has attracted millions of users, so it’s popular both in business and in private life. Cloud syncing, attachments, shared task lists, checklists, and other features are nothing new. They are just served the right way, so numerous users consider subscription worth the price.
It’s another journaling app whose name may become a common noun. It offers a solid set of features in the free version and even more under subscription. It’s meant for organizing tasks initially, so for using it in bullet journal mode you just need to create the template.
It’s all about adding, editing and checking tasks, but it’s extremely easy to use on mobile devices. Its email integration makes it the perfect choice for users relying on email rather than messengers or Slack-like environments. Premium features are paid ($29/year) and offer push notifications, unlimited project number, and more.
There is nothing new or revolutionary about Tasks; it just does the right thing. It’s enough, though, to get very popular. Create your task lists, mark tasks with colors, set priorities and notifications, and get your most urgent tasks on the home screen with a widget.
There are no limitations to the number of lists or tasks within each. Tasks are simpler and support no attachments, but they are extremely easy to add. There are no group features, but it’s great for organizing yourself. Maybe it’s the most selfish app on our list.
Okay, the review is written. Now I leave to delete all of these apps from my phone and leave only one (and mark this work as done in it). Try to guess which one! Or drop a comment to tell us which one you consider the best.