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Task management, GenAI & LegalTech

Task management, GenAI & LegalTech
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Originally posted on LinkedIn here.

I’ve recently switched the task manager I use for personal use*, and it’s exciting to see some of the GenAI capabilities being built into these tools. They provide really effective ‘quality of life’ improvements along the lines of those we'll also be seeing in Microsoft's Copilot and I hope in some of our legaltech tools too.


I’m now (back) using Todoist, an all-round fantastic task manager. It’s built by an inspiring remote-first asynchronous-run company called Doist; their company blog is worth a follow.

There are a few highly effective uses of GenAI tucked into Todoist. They are focused on breaking down tasks & projects into less daunting parts. This tackles one of the major issues I find with my task list - and as tackled in scrum methodology - I need actionable items that are concreteattainable, and timely.

From Todoist

In Todoist, I can:

  1. ask for tips in completing a task (giving me the next actionable step),
  2. make a task itself more actionable (rewriting it for me), or
  3. break a task down into more manageable sub-tasks.

We’re moving house in January, and I need to arrange a removal company. “Arrange removal company” is a good first step, but a bit overwhelming to complete in one go. Here’s how Todoist helped me out:

Now, it didn’t do the task for me, but it did make it more manageable!

Monday.com - Matter Management

Moving now to Monday.com, and a more legal use case. Monday have built a small quality of life improvement of their own, in a similar vein. Their Task Generator ‘skill’ creates a list of tasks for a piece of work quite effectively:

There’s no legal context tuning here (it appears to be largely GPT4) but it’s a great starting point, which is often all we need! 

StructureFlow - Data visualisation

I’m excited to see how these small quality of life improvements develop in some of our legaltech portfolio here at Linklaters. For example, we’re already testing StructureFlow’s next-generation interface which, as well as cool improvements to the editing process (and better PowerPoint importing!) introduces GenAI-powered capabilities such as auto-extraction of objects and relationships from data to create complex structure diagrams fast.

What are some simple quality of life improvements you’ve seen in your day-to-day toolkit?

* There’s a whole series of posts on task management - Things wins for UI/UX, Reminders for integrations (and it’s advanced massively in the last few iOS version) but Todoist is just a great cross-platform all-rounder.