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The Top 5 To-Do Apps for iPhone

The Top 5 To-Do Apps for iPhone
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    To-do apps are great because they help you to remember and complete the tasks that you need to do. Whether it is a task in business or family life (or any other field), to-do apps can help you keep on top of them and complete them in time. They make your life easier. They make you more productive.

    The iPhone has many to-do apps available, but it can be difficult for you to find out the best to-do app for your iPhone from the plethora of choices from both paid and free app lists. To help you get started on being more productive with your iPhone, let’s take a look at the top five to-do apps.

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    1. Orchestra

    Orchestra is a free to-do list app. You can create your to-do list and even share the list with others. It also allows you to send tasks to others. Even if the other people are not using Orchestra, then also they can check the tasks sent to them. You can add task in several different ways. You can type the task; speak to the app or forward emails. There are several filters that you can use to filter your tasks and you can also organize your tasks in different methods. It is very simple and easy to use.

    Orchestra Download Link

    2. Wunderlist

    Wunderlist is another popular to-do app — and it is also free. It is a simple to-do app that focuses on the basic features necessary for managing your tasks. It has got its Windows and Mac counterparts and allows you to create multiple lists. You can add different tasks to the lists you make and can also sort out the tasks by due date and priority — as well as add notes to the tasks. Then when your task is done, you can check items off the list and it syncs with the Wunderlist servers, meaning that no matter what version or platform you’re using Wunderlsit on you will have an updated list. As a bonus, the app allows you to add tasks using your e-mail, which is great if you find you spend a lot of time in your email inbox.

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    Wunderlit Download Link

    3. Reminders

    If you have iOS 5 in your iPhone, then you can easily use this very good built-in app. Reminders is one of the simplest to-do list apps that you will ever find. Another great advantage is that you can make use of your location and the app will remind you when you’re near a place that allows you to complete a task. You can also create to-do items with deadlines attached to them. And Reminders integrates with Siri on the iPhone 4S, allowing you to add tasks, appointments and errands using your voice.

    4. ToodleDo

    ToodleDo is a popular paid to-do app, costing $2.99 USD in the App Store. You can easily add your tasks using its simple interface — a common theme throughout all of the to-do apps mentioned here. When adding tasks, the app allows you to set priorities and due dates and you can also assign the tasks to folders, schedule reminders, and much more.

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    ToodleDo Download Link

    5. TeuxDeux

    TeuxDeux is another solid paid to-do app that also comes in at $2.99 USD. It got its starts as a web app and has since moved into the world of iOS. Featuring a stylish interface, the main focus of the app is on your to-dos. It doesn’t offer many features like other to-do apps, but you can sync your tasks with the web app and rearrange your tasks as well. But if you feel you need lots of additional features, then this is not an app for you.

    TeuxDeux Download Link

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    Do you have any to-do apps for the iPhone that you use that deserve consideration? Let me know about them in the comments.

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    Last Updated on July 21, 2021

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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    No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

    Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

    Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

    A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

    Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

    In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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    From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

    A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

    For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

    This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

    The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

    That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

    Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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    The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

    Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

    But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

    The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

    The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

    A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

    For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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    But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

    If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

    For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

    These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

    For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

    How to Make a Reminder Works for You

    Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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    Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

    Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

    My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

    Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

    I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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    Reference

    [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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