Total Score: 29.5
Finish is a procrastinator’s dream – well, if your dream is to finish things. This app allows you to see your short-term, mid-term and long-term tasks at a glance. This app helps you stay focused on what you committed to work on during a certain time and still keeps what’s coming up visible. You might gather from my app reviews that I have a lot of tasks and I struggle to keep up with them. That would be completely accurate. I have tried a lot of productivity, to-do type apps and now, Finish is my go to app.
Price Rating = 5 99 cents. A good price for significant functionality.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 Very easy to use, with swipe and touch commands.
Readability Rating = 5 The font is a good size. Very readable.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 Whether your task list is complex or simple, you’ll find this app helpful.
Downsides Rating = 0 I haven’t discovered any downsides. It didn’t automatically load to my iPad, like some apps do, so I suppose I would need to buy it again and then it wouldn’t have my tasks. This is just something to know. Personally, I am not bothered by this, I want my task list on my iPhone. I think some work could be done on the repeat functionality, but again, it isn’t something that is slowing me down.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 There have been about 350 reviews and they are very positive. Some people commented that it was similar to other free reminder apps. In my opinion it offers functionality that others don’t. Sometimes apps like these are about finding the right fit for you.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 We live in a busy world. It’s hard to keep track of the things we need to do – whether they are related to running errands or running a business.
How does it work?
- To add a task you tap the PLUS sign in the top right corner. You type in the box what you need to do. If it is long, a message pops up that your task name is long. What it is telling you is that it will only show part of that name on the list, but you only need to tap and hold to see the full description. When you have typed your description tap SET DUE DATE.
- A calendar pops up to allow you to set the date you want to complete or do your task. When you tap any date the app alerts you to whether the task is a short-term, mid-term or long-term task. This comes in handy as you work your list. After you select your date you tap CREATE TASK! and the task is added to your list.
- Tasks, as noted above, are sorted into the three bins – short-term (0-2 days), mid-term (3-7 days) and long-term (8+ days). You do have the option to set your own limits for what short-term, mid-term and long-term mean.
- You will see a short list of items in the short-term bucket and you have the ability to tap a gray section which has the rest of your short-term tasks. This enables you to focus on a short list of items – get them done – and then move on to the next batch. It also has a large number on the left side showing you how many items are in the bucket.
- The mid and long-term buckets show one item and then the gray button that can be pushed to see the rest of the items. And, like above, the number of items in that bucket is shown on the left.
- You can swipe to the left to reveal options. You can mark tasks complete, star them, or share them. If you start them a yellow star appears beside them on your task list. This could help you keep track of your most important task. You will also see a settings wheel that allows you to change the due date, rename the task or repeat once. I haven’t used the repeat once functionality, so I’m not sure how it works.
- You can tap FINISH at the top of the screen to see your finished tasks. I haven’t used it yet, but there is a trash can at the top right corner of the screen. I can assume it allows you to delete finished tasks.
I have a rather long list of things to do, and this app helps me stay focused on just three things at a time, making my day seem more manageable. As I finish a task, another one moves into place. Seeing the upcoming task buckets also helps me plan my time. I’ve said it before, but I think this is the app I have been looking for. It combines ease of use, simplicity of design and for the first time, a visual display that breaks the tasks up into manageable bites. Kudos to the designers.
Devices: This app is compatible with iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5), iPod (3rd, 4th and 5th generation) and iPad. It is optimized for the iPhone 5. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. The app was developed by Basil Ltd.