Figuring Out Saving to Specific Wunderlist Lists
Productivity is one of my professional passions. I always strive to minimize repetitive actions and menial effort in the workplace, both for myself and my clients. Toward that end, I’m in search of a method to more effectively use Wunderlist, my favorite cross-platform to-do and list app. “In search of” isn’t the right phrase; I’m building such a system or workflow. I just haven’t figured it out yet.
Easily send URLs and bits of text from any device to user-selectable existing lists within my Wunderlist account.
As you can see from the below screenshot of my desktop Wunderlist app, I organize a great deal of my professional and personal tasks and lists in Wunderlist lists and groups of lists. I would actually like to use more lists--such as for client projects--but Wunderlist is so limited in its integrations with, well, any other application that I can’t yet do that. That’s part of my goal for building my own integration system.
I consume a great deal of content on my desktop, iPads, and Android phone. I always have Twitter open on every device; Facebook, too. In Mr. Reader, my iPad RSS reader, I have dozens of article feeds I read daily. Most of those feeds are about design, self publishing, freelancing, entrepreneurship, intellectual property law, and other topics I need to know for my profession.
Similarly I subscribe to RSS feeds about new music and DVD releases. I want to send those to my To Listen and To Watch: Movies lists respectively. New books I find on Amazon, GoodReads, Twitter, or wherever I want to easily send to my To Read: Books list.
Then, of course, there are articles, code snippets, and other information I find around the Web, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other places. Most such content I save in Evernote, but if it’s something actionable or for a project or action item, I want to send it to Wunderlist, to a particular list, either directly or with an intermediary like IFTTT.com pulling it into Wunderlist from some place else like Evernote or my Pocket account.
I can’t currently do any of the above because Wunderlist is so secular.
Wunderlist Features and Limitations
Wunderlist has the ability to create list items via email, but its such a limited system it doesn’t do what I (and many others) need. Every Wunderlist user sends tasks-via-email to the same firstname.lastname@example.org. Wunderlist’s servers know whose account it goes to by the sender address. But each sender address can only send mail to a single list--typically the Inbox list.
Each user has the ability to set up multiple sender-to-list pairings. One could, for instance, send tasks via email from accounts at work, GMail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail/Outlook, with each account depositing those tasks into different lists within the same Wunderlist account. But--and I’ll be frank here--that’s a giant pain the ass. Have you tried sharing something via email from a phone or tablet browser? It’s easy as long as you use a single send from account; trying to switch, on the fly, which address you share a link from is difficult at best.
Because Wunderlist hasn’t created an integration with IFTTT.com, and IFTTT only allows registering one GMail and one Hotmail/Outlook address per user, IFTTT recipes also can’t be used as an intermediary to pull items from other apps and accounts to forward on to multiple Wunderlist lists via mail-to-Wunderlist.
Wunderlist makes a browser extension that provides all the send-to-specific-list I and others need, but only from desktop browsers. As I said, most of what I want to send to Wunderlist I find on my mobile devices, and the extensions doesn’t work on either iOS or Android. A bookmarklet with the basic send-to-specific-list feature of the extension, which would address all my needs, also isn’t available.
Even the Wunderlist Pro service doesn’t address any of these needs.
I’m determined to find a way to give myself device- and OS-agnostic send-to-any-damn-list-I-choose Wunderlist functionality. There are many things I’m trying. I’ll keep you posted.