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I used to have the terrible habit of writing out a to-do
list in a notebook or scrap of paper and then completely neglecting or losing it.
Task manager apps can help you stay on track with features such as timers that
alert you when a task is due, collaboration features, and email inbox
integration. Most of these task manager apps are cross-platform, too, so you
can use them on your work PC, home computer, and mobile devices.
Todoist works with just about any email client, browser, or
operating system, making it one of the most versatile task managers out there.
It is fast, too, because it is written in HTML5. The one downside to Todoist,
however, is that it doesn't have any collaboration features – not even in the premium
version. For that reason, it is better suited for personal management.
GeeTeeDee is an incredibly simple little desktop app that
I've been personally using for the last three years. You can group your tasks
together, set timers for tasks, and drag and drop tasks to adjust their order.
Because of its simplicity and lack of mobile counterparts, I tend to use it in
conjunction with other to-do list apps that are more robust. It is more of an at-a-glance tool for my work
PC to see what I need to accomplish for the week.
Remember the Milk is one of the most popular task manager
apps available. It syncs with Outlook and Gmail so you can easily incorporate it
into your daily inbox management. In the iOS version, you can speak to Siri to
add items to your list. You can also tweet tasks, if you want to share your
workload with your followers.
Does your organization use Microsoft
Outlook? Did you know that you have an awesome to-do list manager built-in
to your mail? You can designate tasks in Outlook from your inbox, such as
flagging an email or individual contact to follow up with. Read this informative
post from Microsoft for more tips on using to-do lists in Outlok
Of all the apps listed here, Wunderlist is definitely the
most aesthetically-pleasing. You can customize your to-do list to your liking with
sleek wallpapers, such as wood paneling. Wunderlist is great for group projects
as you can invite others to collaborate on tasks. There's also a helpful "activity
center" to help you manage the status of various projects or tasks. Best
of all, Wunderlist is completely free.
Your favorite notetaking apps also have built-in task
managers! You can turn Evernote into a to-do app by utilizing its checkbox
feature. Microsoft OneNote also has a checkbox feature, similar to Evernote's.
Springpad offers a to-do list template in addition to its many other note
templates. Read more about these notetaking apps in our comparison
Do you use a to-do
list app? Which one is your favorite? Log in and let us know in the comments.
Image 1: Wunderlist press
Image 2: Todoist press
Ginny Mies is a Content Curator at TechSoup Global.
I just started using Todoist. Pretty powerful task manager with lots of features. It's worth pointing out that Todoist now offers collaboration features, such as sharing tasks with other people, which you can do even in the free version.
Another excellent task manager app is TickTick: https://ticktick.com
I've tried quite a few task managers over the years. Some of these apps are a bit complicated to use or not very user friendly, which make them poor choices for me. Yet others seem too basic or missing some key features, such as the ability to assign labels or contexts to tasks. Bottom line is that choosing the right app in this area can take some trial and error, until you find the right one that fits your needs.
But I think Todoist and TickTick are two of the best ones right now. I recommend checking them out!
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