A number of Darling Little Spreadsheets’ readers have informed me that they are interested in topics pertaining to the effective use of blogging organizational tools besides spreadsheets.

I must admit that while I use spreadsheets for a bazillion different things, I rely on a few other organizational apps as well.

My favorite of said apps is Workflowy*.

*Note that this post contains affiliate links. Well, sort of. If you click on a link and sign up for a free account with Workflowy, you and I will both receive 250 additional monthly bullets (“items”) for free (bringing your initial total to 500). And, once you sign up, you can create your own affiliate links and share them just as I have here to earn more bullets. It’s pretty sweet. And 100% free.

What is Workflowy and why do I freakin’ LOVE it?

Workflowy is a ridiculously simple app that allows you to create bulleted lists of, well, anything! And, it allows you to hide or expand said lists to your heart’s content.

It also allows you to share some or all of your lists, add tags to make things searchable, and include notes for reference.

And, aside from being able to make slight changes to its formatting, export items, etc., that’s about all the functionality you are going to get with Workflowy.

This, my friends, is the freakin’ beauty of Workflowy – it’s hard to beat a 30-second learning curve!

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Ease of use aside, I love Workflowy enough to share it with you because it makes it easy to organize systems, thoughts, to-dos, and the like – even on the fly (yep, Workflow even has an app for that). It’s also easy to reorder items however you like which, I’m afraid, isn’t readily doable in spreadsheets.

Here is how I use Workflowy.

I approach Workflowy similarly to how I’d approach outlining a research paper. In this case, however, I’m outlining tasks, processes, etc.

It’s all about hierarchy. For example, here’s a snapshot of my Workflowy setup:

I want to share with you my absolute favorite, little-known (FREE!) organizational app (besides spreadsheets) & why you need It.

*Please don’t judge my horrible, place-holder titles! 

The little circles that look like donuts are there to simply let you know that there are hidden sub-items. Pretty cool, no?!

Anyway, here’s a short video I created that shows you how I use Workflowy:

And again, if you like what you see and want to try Workflowy out, you can either go to Workflowy.com and get a free account with 250 free items (what I call bullets) each month, or you can click here– my “affiliate” link – to get 500. Either way, it’s free.

Oh, and PSA – if you dig Workflowy and would like 250+ extra items each month, drop me a line and I’d be happy to share the wealth by posting your link for a period of time and/or clicks.

Now it’s your turn. Have you tried Workflowy? If so, do you have any tips you’d dig sharing with others? Also, if you have a favorite organizational tool, I’d love to know what it is and why – I’m always on the prowl for wicked apps to help improve my systems, after all!

And, speaking of organizational tools, you may really dig this post I wrote about how I use sticky notes…or, if you are a spreadsheet maven like me, my Blog & Biz Spreadsheet Bundle may be beckoning you…

Finally, would you like to see more posts like this, or were you disappointed that this week’s post bypassed spreadsheets altogether? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section or by contacting me here. Thanks again! Till next time 🙂