Featured Hack: Task Lists the Easy Way


Settings up task lists is an essential way to stay efficient. I admittedly have tried a handful of different methods for creating to do lists, all to no avail until I ran into this featured hack, Asana.

The old pen and paper task lists

task lists

This works for a ton of people. For me, unless it’s my wallet, keys, or phone there’s a chance it’s going through the wash or I’m losing it. The only place I personally create successful physical lists is at work, (where it’s manditory). And although pen and paper task lists don’t work for me outside of work, actually checking off or crossing out completed tasks feels O so good.

In order to have a list that’s helpful two things need to happen. 1) you need to have your task lists with you at all times and 2) you actually need to utilize them. I (much to the chagrin of the older generation) have my phone on me 90% of the time. So it made sense to try a list building tool online.


toodledo task listsMy first try at an online task list was toodledo.com. It worked great for awhile but because they have premium features they want you to pay for, I felt like unless I was paying for it, I wasn’t getting the full experience. Along with that, because I’m a designer, the appearance of the website wasn’t easy on the eyes. There was a lot of clutter and I felt myself being anxious looking at my long task list surrounded with tons of other links and extra options. I used it for a few months but one day, just never went back.   They’ve cleaned things up since then, but there’s still clutter.


asana task listsAbout two months ago I started looking for a new online tool for task lists and ran into Asana. It takes a little to really understand full what you can do but it makes it super simple to get started right away building your task lists. From there you can make task lists for different projects, create subtasks un your larger umbrella task, and collaborate and assign tasks with others. The added bonus? It has a sleek design with no clutter!  Feel free to enjoy their free app as well! (toodledo has an app too but it’s currently running at $1.99)

asana task lists

toodledo task lists

The Others

I’ve only had the experience of using these two online task list creators but there are many more.  If the above two aren’t quite doing it for you, try these others.

Get It Done
Online Task List
Stay Useful
Remember the Milk
Do It Tomorrow
Google Tasks

Hope this helps! You now have permission to cross ‘reading this post’ of your task list!

Leave a comment below and let us know your own thoughts on creating task lists


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  7. FLMIMA August 11, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

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  8. Rumi July 15, 2018 at 7:16 am #

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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  12. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

    Good advice. Best of luck to all!

  13. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    This is my favorite site for practicing for my tests! Great advise and super helpful.

  14. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Nice post

  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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