LifeTopix is an interesting application that purports to be much more than just a to-do list. Think of it as the digital equivalent of a daily planner, the type with five to six different inserts; one for your calendar, another for your contacts and different sections separated by coloured tabs.
The app is particularly recommended by followers of the cult-status organising system GTD (or Getting Things Done), created by David Allen.
What the app tries to do is give you a top-down view of all the things that need organising in your life. It does that by separating them under 12 topics, namely: tasks and projects, shopping, events, travel and places, people and services, health and activity, finances, home and assets, education, notes and files, media, and bookmarks. Now that sounds like a lot of work, right? Having to tediously enter tasks or items into each topic folder. Not at all! What the app does is allow you to just input the various things you need to sort out just once and then categorise them later. It follows the principles of GTD where you first write down everything that needs doing or
“LIFETOPIX CAN EASILY SYNC TO YOUR CALENDAR APP, DROPBOX AND EVER NOTE TOO.”
preoccupying your mind into one inbox, and then sorting them all out later.
LifeTopix then allows you to cross-reference items in various topics without fear of duplication. One-time entry, no annoying copying and pasting, and you can see them all in one place. The app might likely appeal more to people already following the GTD way of doing things, but if you are content not to subscribe to the GTD philosophy, you could just consider LifeTopix as a virtual portable organiser.
As to its online component, LifeTopix easily syncs to your Calendar app, Dropbox and Evernote. You can also link your Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts, as well as the Safari browser. One thing that might put off PC users is that LifeTopix only has a desktop app for Macs. But if you’re content to do all your task-organisation on the iPad and back them up online, then LifeTopix will fit the bill.
Interface-wise, the app does feel rather Spartan and lacks the polish of say, Evernote. But the good news is that the app is due for an update very soon with LifeTopix 8 already submitted to Apple for approval. Expect minor design tweaks and better contact handling as well as a raft of other updates from developer LightArrow.
Design-wise, LifeTopix is due for an overhaul which will happen during the next update.
The one-time entry, easy cataloging makes LifeTopix stand out.