March 27, 2009

Doris – Sort out your Life with Doris


The name Doris sounds like a pleasant secretary who helps you get the most out of your day. And the web application called Doris is not far from that analogy – it’s a way to organize, prioritize, and group tasks together. As a task manager, Doris a pretty good application.

Doris is very easy to use, almost to the point of being too simplistic. All that is required of users is to capture or create new tasks and then drag and drop based on priority. There’s no need to date specific tasks, as drag and drop handles this process. When you’ve completed a task, you simply check it off and the task moves into your History. Tasks can be grouped together for different projects as well.

Doris is more of a personal task-management tool rather than something for inter-office collaboration but for people who primarily work alone, Doris is solid, streamlined tool.

Practical Uses:

  • Add freelance assignments to ensure you never miss a deadline
  • Organize home improvement tasks in order of priority
  • Set tasks for running a website: design, content, promotion, etc.
  • Have your child check off his/her chores using Doris

Insider Tips:

  • Keep it clean: be sure to check off tasks as their done
  • Collapse groups so you don’t have to look at those groups while you’re working on other tasks
  • Prioritize groups themselves by creating a group master list and determine which group of tasks you need to do first
  • Use it for everyday things – as mentioned in Practical Uses. Web-based applications are often business-centered, but Doris can be used for mundane, everyday life tasks as well

What we liked:

  • It’s free
  • Incredibly easy to use and organize – drag and drop is a breeze
  • Good foreign language translation support
  • It does what it sets out to do very well

What we didn’t like:

  • Its uses are limited
  • Doesn’t have great multimedia support for tasks
  • Not appropriate for a team environment – such as delegating tasks to other people


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: London, England
  • Founded by: Seagull Systems Ltd
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. Henry – thanks for the detailed review 🙂 Just a heads up that team-based task sharing and multi-media support will be the next features we launch, look for these in the near future.

  2. S Ober

    Hi, I saw in the comments that team-based (deligating) task sharing will be in the next launch. Has that update been provided?

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