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10 Best Task List Apps Out There for Getting Stuff Done

10 Best Task List Apps Out There for Getting Stuff Done

Life is a continual series of tasks. From the daily nitty gritty to the higher level juicier ones (like goals and aspirations), you’re faced with a stack of tasks requiring your attention.

At the end of each day, it’s up to you to decide how much of it you feel like accomplishing.

Unfortunately, we’re inundated with opportunities to slack off and procrastinate, and it’s crucial we need a legitimate source to keep track of everything stacked on our plates.

There are a ton of really well-made apps out there designed to help you stay on top of your to-dos. So I decided to take a look at some of the more popular ones and compile a list of what I think are a combination of the best ones.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 task list apps out there to help you stay focused, sharp and ready to tackle your life’s biggest goals (and daily tasks):

1. Todoist

    A solid choice looks-wise and a task-list app veteran, Todoist touts itself as super user friendly. It’s got a great system allowing you to create sub-tasks, assign due dates, and color code tasks based on priority.

    It also integrates with a variety of popular third party apps like Gmail, IFTTT, and more.

    You can even sign up using your Google account and immediately jump in to creating tasks.

    Available for iOS | Android

    2. Trello

      Trello really shines in business settings.

      It’s the go-to app to manage tasks for a lot of smaller companies. Each project is represented by a “board”, and you can then assign multiple tasks to each project via what Trello calls “Cards”.

      Dragging and dropping is intuitive and makes the experience super smooth, especially on a computer.

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      There is an iOS/Android version, but if you use this, it’s best on a PC or Mac to create and manage the tasks.

      There are better, easier apps if it’s just for your personal stuff — but for a small team or business, this is one of the best out there.

      Available for iOS | Android | Web

      3. Google Tasks

        Fairly new on the scene, Google is taking their stab at the ever popular and saturated task-list app market.

        But in true Google fashion, it’s nothing to look past.

        Simple, beautiful, and easy to use, Google Tasks is a designer’s dream come true and a user’s best friend. It does what it does best: track your tasks.

        The rest of the bells and whistles are left for others.

        And of course, it’s seamlessly integrated into Gmail, where it appears on the right side of your inbox, should you use it.

        Available for iOS | Android | Web

        4. Evernote

          If you find yourself taking longer notes instead of just quick one-liners, Evernote may be the way to go.

          It’s well-known for its ability to capture your thoughts in more than just a few words, making it intuitive and easy to track your mind’s daily brain dumps.

          More than just text, it supports taking notes via voice recordings, pictures, and more.

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          So if you’re definitely one of those more visual people, Evernote is calling your name.

          Available for iOS | Android

          5. Wunderlist

            A fan favorite, this app has been around for years and continues to dominate based on it’s ease of use and super sharp GUI (graphical user interface, i.e. the way it looks to the end-user).

            It’s been voted App of the Year in multiple publications, including the Apple App Store.

            In short, you can create different task lists based on a category, and then share those with others.

            For instance, if your husband or wife sends you to the grocery store, the two of you can share a list and both can edit on the fly, allowing for on the fly collaboration.

            It is also fully integrated with Slack now, one of the most popular chat apps on the tech market today.

            Available for iOS | Android

            6. Microsoft To Do

              If you’re a Microsoft fan, you’d be pleased to know they’ve also taken a stab at making their own task list app.

              It was originally created by the team at Wunderlist (Microsoft bought them in 2015), so if you’re familiar with the app, then you have an idea of what you’re getting here.

              Furthermore, if you are locked into using Outlook and Microsoft’s suite of tools, this app will naturally integrate seamlessly.

              One unique feature is their take on what they call “My Day” — the philosophy that each day is a blank slate and you’re given the opportunity to fill it as you see fit.

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              In other words, there’s no carryover from previous days if you don’t want. But if you do, the option is there.

              Available for iOS | Android

              7. Things 3

                There’s a common theme here for the best task list trackers, and it involves one thing: looking good.

                Things 3 is no different, but it takes the clean GUI to a new level.

                Made for individuals looking to keep tabs on their daily to-dos, it splits things into simple tasks and lists without the extra bells & whistles some apps may carry.

                Available for iOS

                8. Habitica

                  Words, pictures, and voice memos not doing it for you?

                  Enjoy playing games in your spare time and want to transfer the same feeling into your boring task list?

                  Enter Habitica, which turns your tracking into gaming of sorts.

                  When you first start the app, instead of asking what your first to-do is, it asks you to create a character.

                  And just like that, you know the intent of this app — by gamifying the system, you’ll be more inclined to keep track and stay efficient.

                  Available for iOS | Android

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                  9. Any.do

                    This app stands out for its unique take on organizing your lists.

                    Instead of putting them in categories such as “Work”, “Personal”, and others, any.do will show you the tasks which you need to accomplish first.

                    So if you’ve set a personal goal due tomorrow, you’ll see it first…even if work is bugging you nonstop at the moment.

                    Any.do also syncs up nicely with your calendar, working side by side to show you what deadlines you’ve set.

                    Available for iOS | Android

                    10. Fantastical 2

                      If you can’t let go of the idea of integrating a calendar in your daily to-dos, then look no further.

                      Fantastical 2’s sweet spot is it’s actually just that: a calendar. But with your to-do’s built in on the GUI, you can see exactly what you need to do and at what time, all wrapped in a more visual way than just simply showing a wall of text.

                      Unfortunately, Fantastical 2 is only for iOS — but with such a clean interface, it’s hard not to be a fan.

                      Available for iOSMacOS

                      The bottom line

                      These are considered some of the top ones that I feel could make a difference in your quest to tackle this thing called “life”.

                      Ultimately, the choice is yours — but as you begin to track your tasks, you’ll find that certain methods work better than others. Hey, we’re all different.

                      Whether you’re visual, list-oriented, calendar-heavy, sound-induced, or any combination thereof, rest assured there’s an app out there to help you.

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2019

                      15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                      15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                      You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                      Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                      A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                      Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                      So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                      1. Purge Your Office

                      De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                      Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                      Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                      2. Gather and Redistribute

                      Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                      3. Establish Work “Zones”

                      Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                      Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                      4. Close Proximity

                      Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                      5. Get a Good Labeler

                      Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                      6. Revise Your Filing System

                      As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                      What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                      Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                      • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                      • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                      • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                      • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                      • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                      • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                      • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                      Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                      7. Clear off Your Desk

                      Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                      If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                      8. Organize your Desktop

                      Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                      Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                      Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                      9. Organize Your Drawers

                      Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                      Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                      10. Separate Inboxes

                      If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                      11. Clear Your Piles

                      Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                      Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                      12. Sort Mails

                      Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                      13. Assign Discard Dates

                      You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                      Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                      14. Filter Your Emails

                      Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                      When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

                      Take a look at these tips to achieve inbox zero: The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

                      15. Straighten Your Desk

                      At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                      Bottom Line

                      Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                      Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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