Modern life is hectic. There seems to be endless to do lists at home and at work and many of us feel that we are constantly spinning plates, trying our hardest not to let any of them fall to the ground. There are however a range of apps and tools that have been designed to help make life just a little bit easier, particularly if you feel like that your old fashioned diary, to do list or stack of post it notes just aren't effective for you any more.
To do list apps
There are dozens of both free and paid for to do list apps available and it can be a minefield trying to workout which ones are the best for you. Some are loaded with features while others seem bare and too simplistic to bother with. We’ve done the hard work for you with our top 5 to do list apps that have a range of features and allow you to get things done more efficiently. Whether you need to create a shopping list, manage multiple work projects or tick off your personal or professional to dos, these apps are for you.
Key features: Set location or time based reminders, share lists with others and watch jobs get ticked off, filter and search for notes, record images and voice notes, operates across phone, tablet or computer.
Key features: Clean design, easy-to-use design, sync tasks across devices, Chrome extension, intuitive reminders, in app actions including call, text and email, attach almost any type of file.
Key features: Organize and share your to-do, set due dates and reminders, assign to-dos, share your lists and work collaboratively on projects, works across all major devices, use hashtags to add context, print your list.
Key features: Manage tasks and projects anywhere, available online or offline and across 10+ platforms including mobile devices, web browsers, inboxes, and more. Share unlimited tasks with anyone and collaborate in real-time on shared projects and goals.
Remember The Milk
Key features: Set reminders by location, collaborate and share with others, available across most devices and operating systems, create sub tasks, drag and drop reordering of tasks, colour coded tagging, task recurrence options and much more.
There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices including Dropbox, WeTransfer, Sharefile, Google Drive or Onedrive. Most are free and easy to use and allow you to share important files on the go.
Mind mapping is a brilliant way of exploring ideas, planning a project, or developing a plan. It’s also a great productivity technique and there are a range of apps and free software that help you to get more organized by focusing your thoughts. Be sure to check out Xmind, MindJet, Coggle, Freemind, Mindnode and Mind42.
Project management software can help you work more efficiently no matter the size of project you’re working on. If you use emails to communicate with your clients, send documents or work on multiple to-do lists, project management software can help you be much more efficient. Having all your tasks ordered correctly and assigned to the correct person will help you be more organised and ensure tasks are completed on time. You can also communicate better with your team and quickly keep your clients informed on progress. Popular project management software to explore further include Basecamp, Teamwork Projects, ActiveCollab, Zoho Projects and Trello.
With so much technology available there’s always a solution to improving your time management. Stay tuned for more productivity advice with the the Time For Your blog.
Written by Mike Pye