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Get Things Done With These Powerful To-Do Apps

Get Things Done With These Powerful To-Do Apps

Stop trying to remember everything you have to do, and keeping track of what's done in your head. These awesome apps will help you get things done and even remind you when it's time for your next task.

OmniFocus 2

The quintessential GTD app for all projects, big or small.

OmniFocus 2
Create new tasks anywhere

For those who want the Swiss Army knife of task managers.

If you want to be super productive, then you need OmniFocus 2. This powerful task manager app follows the Getting Things Done (GTD) system, where users create projects, custom perspectives, location-based reminders, delegate, and review all of their tasks. While OmniFocus 2 is known to have a steep learning curve and can be quite costly for the entire suite, it is a powerful and fairly customizable solution for those who want the best task management software their money can buy. It's also the best choice if you want to go with the traditional GTD system.

Why we love it

The complexity of the app may scare us at first, but it is one of the most flexible and customizable options out there. There are not many limits with OmniFocus 2, and while it can be expensive for all the apps, it's well worth the cost for productivity nuts like us.

For those who...

  • Want a task management system that follows the strict rules of GTD
  • Prefer a complicated, robust, and powerful system that can be completely customized and tailored for your needs

Not for those who...

  • Don't need a complex system
  • Want a task management app that is suitable for a reasonable budget
Any.do: To-do list, Calendar, Reminders & Planner

When you want a simple but effective task manager everyone can use

Any.do: To-do list, Calendar, Reminders & Planner
Any.do

For those who want a to-do app that is easy enough for anyone to use.

Any.do is a free and effective to-do service. The app itself is simple but packs in a ton of powerful and useful features that are great for creating and organizing lists, tasks, and even sharing items with others, such as your family members. Any.do has seamless cloud syncing so your data is available on a myriad of devices, and all tasks can be given a due date, time, and location so it's easy to keep track of what needs to be done and when. Any.do also supports notes, files, and it's super easy to share everything with others, so it's perfect for grocery lists and errands with your spouse or other family members. If you want an app that makes it easy for all of your family to stay on track with chores, errands, and other tasks, then Any.do is a fine choice.

Why we love it

Any.do has a simple interface that is easy to use and it is packed with a ton of powerful features that anyone can use. Plus, all of it is free, so you don't have to worry about paying for a great service.

For those who...

  • Want a free solution for task management among multiple people
  • Prefer a simple interface but powerful features
  • Need to easily share tasks and lists with others

Not for those who...

  • Don't trust free services
  • Need a comprehensive GTD solution for task management
  • Don't need to share tasks or lists
Todoist: Todo List for Organizing Work and Errands

Manage your life with this powerful to-do app

Todoist: Todo List for Organizing Work and Errands
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For those who want a powerful yet flexible to-do app with fast cloud syncing.

Todoist is so powerful because it can be used for anything from the smallest to the largest task. It can be used for complicated team management all the way to little tasks you need to do. It also has a great Apple Watch app. Along with faster loading times, you can also use customizable Complications to see the number of tasks due today or the next upcoming task. With a Complication selected, you can Time Travel using the Digital Crown to view upcoming tasks along with due dates and times. Thanks to interactive notifications, you can dictate replies to comments. It's great for collaboration in an office environment, between family members, and more.

Why we love it

If you're looking to jump head-first into task management, this is a great choice. Along with being available on basically any platform imaginable, the app is powerful and easy to learn - a great combination.

For those who...

  • Want a simple but powerful and efficient to-do app
  • Don't want a complicated learning curve
  • Need group collaboration and sharing of tasks

Not for those who...

  • Want something more minimalistic
  • Aren't interested in paying for a service
  • Don't need to collaborate with others
Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks

Stay organized in a clean and simple way.

Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks
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Those who want a simple and clean task manager.

Wunderlist is a simplistic task manager that lets users easily create lists to share with others. The minimalistic design of Wunderlist makes it super easy to capture, share, and complete all of your daily tasks. The service is also cross-platform for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android, so your tasks go wherever you go. While the basic free account will be enough for most people, there is also a Pro subscription that can be purchased as an in-app purchase for even more productivity-on-the-go, such as files and delegating tasks to others.

Why we love it

We enjoy using Wunderlist because it is simple, sleek, and powerful yet flexible enough for all of our needs. It is a pleasure to capture your to-dos in the app, and sharing is a must for most people nowadays. Plus the variety of backgrounds are gorgeous and make task management fun, and the Pro subscription is optional for those who need it.

For those who...

  • Want a simple task manager without extra cruft
  • Need to be able to share tasks
  • Want cross-platform syncing

Not for those who...

  • Want a more GTD system for their tasks
  • Need more power-user features, such as start times and complex project management
  • Don't want another account to deal with
Picniic - Family Organizer

The name might sound cutesy, but this is a robust, mature way to keep your family on task

Picniic - Family Organizer
Your daily update, as presented by Pia

Designed to provide real solutions to real problems for families

Picniic has covered all of the bases of family organization, from calendars and to-do lists to that treasured recipe box. You can set up group events, individual tasks, and shopping lists with ease. The recipe box allows you to store your own creations as well as search for new culinary inspirations. The latest update to Picniic brings you Pia, a virtual assistant to help you make the most of the app's features. You can ask Pia to help you check your daily to-do list, schedule events, add reminders, and much more. Pia learns your habits and will anticipate your needs over time. For example, Pia will search your calendar for your family’s next free weekend and offer recommendations on activities.

Why we love it

The best thing about Pia is that she has a sense of humor. She proactively prompts family members to keep Picniic updated throughout the day in a witty, conversational, manner. If you’re on the go, talk to Pia using voice commands, and she will make updates or give you a snapshot of the day ahead. Whether you’re interacting with Pia through intuitive quick reply buttons or voice, she makes sure the experience is engaging and entertaining from start to finish by responding with fun and friendly encouragement (“You’re on fire! Keep it up!”) and funny GIFs and emojis each time you make an update.

For those who...

  • Want a great way to keep everyone organized
  • Love grid layouts

Not for those who...

  • Hate boxy screens
  • Don't care to get organized