How to Keep Track of your To-do List in Mac With Ding

Herbert Lui

To-do lists tend to get more and more complicated. If there are lists with different colors, sets of checkmarks and priorities and all those options, it could be quite overwhelming if all a user wanted was a simple to-do list to keep track of what he/she needs to do. Initially, that’s how I stumbled upon Ding, and I haven’t looked back since. Ding is a widget that you can install on your Mac’s Dashboard, and enables you to check and adjust your to-do list from simply within your Dashboard.

I recently wrote a tutorial on how to add widgets to your Mac’s Dashboard, in case you’d prefer a more comprehensive set of instructions.

Lets see how to get started with this tool.

Head over to Ding’s webpage to download the widget.

Download Ding

Extract the .zip file. Double click the extracted .wdgt file.

Ding.wdgt

Select Install and new widget will appear on your Dashboard.

Install Ding

Ding’s interface is quite simple. Type in what you need to do in the What? field, and when you need to do it in the When? field. You can type in a specific date, such as April 22, 2012, or simply a weekday if it’s the next week. You can also input a specific time to do it, or Ding will notify you at the same time it is right when you input it, by default.

Add New Event to Ding

Your event will appear like this when you’re finished configuring it.

Event in Ding

Clicking on the event will allow you to edit or delete it. Click the pencil icon to edit it or the cross icon to delete it.

Edit new Event

Clicking the i on the bottom right hand corner will allow you to adjust Ding’s preferences. One essential feature I had to turn on was Growl integration. Instead of simply sounding an alarm at the time, a notification will also display so you know exactly what you need to do without having to open Dashboard to check.

Edit Ding Preferences

Here’s an example of Ding using Growl.

Ding Alarm

Ding’s a pretty simple application, and definitely suitable for minimalist Mac users who want quick access to their to-do list. Simply check your Dashboard whenever you want to see what you’ve got to do!

If you’d prefer a Cloud App with more features, check out Workflowy. If you’re a Mac user and want to learn more about productivity, check out these 5 iCal productivity tricks.

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