Chaos Con­trol

Get on top of your tasks with GTD

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - J.R. book­wal­ter

£18.99 from Tarasov Mo­bile, chaos-con­ needs OS X 10.6.6 or higher

Free­lancers and small busi­ness own­ers will be familiar with jug­gling mul­ti­ple projects, which can take up a good chunk of their work­ing week.

Chaos Con­trol aims to tame the mad­ness, hav­ing re­cently made the leap from mo­bile de­vices to the desk­top. There are four key ar­eas here. The first is the ‘Chaos Box’, a dump­ing ground for what­ever needs to get done with­out hav­ing to worry about the de­tails at that mo­ment. It’s sim­i­lar to other to-do ap­pli­ca­tions, and tasks en­tered here also show up on Ap­ple Watch, where they can also be marked as com­plete.

Daily Plan dis­plays a calendar view of ev­ery­thing in the Chaos Box, with short­cuts for Today and To­mor­row, but there’s no op­tion to sync ex­ist­ing OS X Calendar or Re­minders data. Fi­nally, Projects and Con­texts are used to or­gan­ise tasks into on­go­ing plans, or make them eas­ier to find with tags.

The app makes good use of desk­top space, with fullscreen sup­port and a tree-style vis­ual dis­play. The nav­i­ga­tion pane can be hid­den too, but folder man­age­ment is lim­ited: you can re­ar­range tasks and fold­ers, but sub­fold­ers aren’t sup­ported. A man­ual would be nice, as it’s not im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous what some func­tions do, but GTD vet­er­ans should feel right at home.

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