Dynalist vs Workflowy: The Ultimate Comparison & Review

Productivity May 07, 2020

If I had to compare Workflowy and Dynalist, I would say this:

  1. Workflowy has less features
  2. Workflowy is "more simple" than Dynalist
  3. Dynalist is more customizable
  4. Dynalist allows you to make unlimited bullets in the free version
  5. Workflowy doesn't allow for separate outlines, Dynalist does
  6. You can't do markdown in Workflowy, you can in Dynalist
  7. You can't make numbered lists in Workflowy, you can in Dynalist
  8. There are many other differences that aren't worth mentioning. To see a full comparison, click here.

After using Dynalist for almost a year, I can say that Dynalist is a great todo list and note taking app. After trying Workflowy, I will say that it has a simple design, structure, and gives you a good starting point. You can organize your tasks and life in Workflowy easily, but it takes a little bit of getting used to.

Workflowy Review

Workflowy is a todo list that offers a simple way to stay organized. Workflowy is an infinite document that helps you keep track of tasks, projects, and plans for the future. You can easily customize it like you can with Dynalist. This is a review of Workflowy, what you can do with it, and how it will make your life more organized and productive.

workflowy is easy to use

It's Easy To Use

To view any bullet as its own isolated document, just click it. Their todo list lets you easily organize thousands of ideas, notes, and projects. You can focus in on one task at a time.

It has an infinitely deep structure that lets you choose the exact focus level you want. Workflowy lets you build flexible and personalized systems to keep track of your tasks, and life. Not only that, it also helps clear your mind and does the task organizing for you.

Basic vs Pro Versions

With the free version, you can create 250 bullets a month. You also have access to all of the features.

With the pro version for $5 a month, you get unlimited bullets, daily dropbox backups, and priority support. You do get a week of Workflowy Pro for free when you sign up.

How To Use Workflowy

There are many ways to use and setup your Workflowy account. Here are just a few of them to give you a sense of how you could use it.

cat is very busy


  1. Notepad: The place to take notes quickly. It's useful on your phone for quick notes on the go.
  2. Goals: Write and keep track of your goals.
  3. Projects: You can keep track of your projects.
  4. To do: Simply keep track of your days, weeks, months, and even years.
  5. Meetings: Keep track of your meetings and share them with other people.
  6. Ideas: You might need a place to dump out your ideas.
  7. Templates: Depending on the work you do, you might have lots of repetitive processes you have to follow. Keep those in Workflowy for later use.


  1. To do
  2. Projects
  3. Shopping List
  4. Trips
  5. Recipes
  6. Health
  7. Books to read
  8. Stuff to watch
  9. Journal

You can also put any links to sites or apps you find useful.

  1. Articles
  2. Tools
  3. Videos

Dynalist Review

I started using Dynalist in the summer of 2019 and my life has changed ever since. Dynalist is a simple todo list and note taking app that helps you stay organized and focused on what's important. Here are 8 reasons why Dynalist is one of the best todo list apps ever made and why you should use it everyday.

Dynalist Is Very Easy To Use

I use Dynalist everyday to keep track of my daily and weekly tasks. It helps me be the best web developer and student I can be. It organizes my life, business, and brain. When I say it's easy to use, I mean it. You can easily create and check off tasks in bulleted lists. Compared to other todo lists, Dynalist is the easiest to use.

As shown in the image below, you can organize your weeks, days, and even years. Personally, I have my Dynalist sidebar organized in 4 folders (school, business, goals/plans, and personal). You can have your Dynalist structured anyway you like.

Here's my Dynalist calendar:

dynalist calendar

Dynalist Keeps You Organized

Not only is Dynalist very easy to use, it also keeps you organized and focused. Instead of trying to remember everything you have to do today, tomorrow, and next week, simply make tasks in Dynalist in seconds.

Ever since I started keeping my tasks in Dynalist, I've been more organized with a clear and focused mind.

Your life will significantly improve once you start using this awesome todo list.

You Can Plan Your Life

Planning what you want to do and accomplish in life is critical to your success. I have made many accomplishments ever since I started using Dynalist. It really does help to have a simple and easy to use todo list available right at your finger tips.

As Benjamin Franklin once said:

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

He was absolutely correct. When you don't prepare and plan your life, you're preparing to be unorganized and ready to go wherever life takes you. Instead, you must control your life, what you do, and what you accomplish.

guy being productive with dynalist

Dynalist Is Completely Customizable

You can add dates and filter by date and time, convert any list to a checklist, sync dates in Dynalist to your Google Calendar, and more. You can easily navigate to any item, manipulate multiple items at once, bookmark anything for quick access, group, and filter items.

If you want to share your tasks with others, you can work together with flexible permissions and collaboration and upload files up to 50 MB in size. This is just a fraction of what you can do with Dynalist. To learn more, click here to see more features.

You Will Be More Productive

Using Dynalist will make you more productive, get more done, and focus for longer periods of time. You'll know everything you have to do today, tomorrow, and even the following week.

Getting lots of things done is something necessary to having a productive life, and with Dynalist, you'll get more things done without the stress of having to remember what must be done.  

You Can Organize Your Life

Using Dynalist, I plan my life years ahead. This gives me a peaceful mind knowing what I will accomplish in the future. It helps me plan my projects, school work, and miscellaneous tasks like doing chores.

Dynalist Is Great For Students

If you're in middle school, high school, or college, Dynalist will help you keep track of your assignments, projects, reports, and everything in between.

You will save yourself from future headaches by planning when assignments or projects are due, and how long you have to complete them.

You can also use Dynalist for taking notes which will help you get better grades in your classes. As a student myself, I can tell you that Dynalist is the best note taking app you'll find in 2020.

Working From Home Is Easy With Dynalist

When you work from home, you have many distractions around you. Whether it's your TV, or even that funny youtube video you were watching earlier. Dynalist helps you stay productive while working from home.

It keeps track of any tasks you need to do today, and tasks that you might be procrastinating on. Working from home is easy if you have a structured daily routine.

Well, Dynalist also helps you make a structured daily routine. Here's my daily routine. It consists of a morning routine, school, business, and ending the day by reading a book. I go more into detail about having a structured daily routine in my productivity guide.

dynalist daily routine

Wrapping Things Up

Now I'd like to hear from you.

Will you try out Workflowy?

Or maybe you want to get started by using Dynalist?

Either way, let me know by tweeting at me.

Josh Ternyak

Hi, I am Josh Ternyak. I am a front-end web developer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota who builds websites and talks about how he does it.

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