Workflowy is a unique tool that allows users to “organize their brain.” How does it work? Users can essentially create a flow of ideas in a list very similar to an outline. This tool is interactive and lets the user organize their information the way they think. The flexibility makes it easy for users to create a list that the can easily reference. By breaking information down into sub listings, the user can also avoid becoming overwhelmed by a great deal of information all at once. Workflowy can help streamline many processes, from creating a prioritized to do list to sorting through research for a project.
The concept for Workflowy was created by founder Mike Turitzin and Jesse Patel. It was intended as a versatile organizational tool that allows users to create hierarchical lists. Workflowy could replace spreadsheets and text editors to allow users to get a better grasp on the information or tasks they are compiling. Today, many users love Workflowy as a way to get things done, brainstorm, save meeting notes, or plan a project.
There are so many applications that allow users to save information and create to do lists, however each task usually requires a different tool. Workflowy is a one size fits all application that allows users to do whatever they want with it. It’s a jack of all trades in terms of listing information, and has somehow managed to be a master of them all as well. Anyone can sort their to do lists, project milestones, or create a list of information they need through a single online tool.
The Workflowy website provides users with a dark blue and white color scheme that really works. The application is completely clutter free, which is another huge plus. The actual lists are also very neat and well organized. Users can use strike out to cross items off and create sub listings that can be hidden under the parent category. This allows users to easily sort information without being forced to look at every last detail. The design makes it easy for users to stay organized without becoming overwhelmed.
As soon as a new visitor arrives at the Workflowy homepage, they are greeted with a helpful demonstration video and a short sign up form. The form only asks for the very basics: email address and password. After entering the details and confirming the password, the user can click the large, blue “Sign Up” button at the bottom. The user is then taken to a page with the same demo video. Unfortunately, the same page includes an enormous box that appears on top of the video offering the user the chance to download Google Chrome. This does not appear to be a requirement and is a bit of an annoyance as well as a disappointment considering the neat and clean nature of the rest of the site.
Workflowy offers a simple, helpful function for users. Anyone can create an account and access features for free. There are no premium paid accounts currently listed. In reality, the site would have to add a few more functions to justify a monthly subscription payment. For now, the tool is worth the price.
Workflowy can be used by almost anyone. Users can create to do lists, manage information and more using the basic lists of Workflowy. Information can be listed under headings and hidden or expanded so the user can control how much or little is seen at a time.