[author: Martha Newman]
Toss Aside that Pen and Paper. Track Your To-Do's on Your iPhone.
If you are like me, then you have a constant to-do list going. It's really the only way I stay organized and can ensure my tasks and projects get accomplished. What was slowing me down, though, was drafting my to-do list. I was doing it the old-fashioned way; with a pen and paper.
I know. I know. Archaic, right?
Like so many of my colleagues, I've moved my to-do list to my iPhone. And when it comes to keeping me organized, these handy iPhone task manager apps are worth their weight in gold.
Any.Do can DO just about anything.
The free app lets users easily add tasks, re-order and categorize them, and separate personal from work items.
It's super simple to use because it comes stocked with "tasks" which are actually instructions for using the app: "Pull down to create new task." "Tap and hold to drag me around." Once you get the hang of the program, just "complete" the tasks.
Any.DO also includes voice recognition. You can add new tasks by typing the ordinary way, or you can speak the task and it'll automatically be transcribed to text.
Like other task management apps, Clear operates the same way - by dragging and pulling items.
To add a new task to your list, for example, you pull down to create an empty tile into which you type your activity. To switch categories, you pull the whole to-do list down until it "spins" around and drops you into the category view. It's clever - but its functionality could prove to be more of a nuisance than a help.
Clear is not free. It'll set you back $2.99.
If you are looking for something a bit more traditional, then Wunderlist may be a good option. Plus, it's free.
The app displays tasks against a faux-wood panel background, puts a "add a new task" button at the top of the screen, and pastes an array of buttons across the bottom to change views. It's easy to add new to-dos and categorize them into "lists." You can rearrange and prioritize to-dos, and pivot your view by date, by "starred" items, and by due date.
While I only use one of these task managers on my iPhone, I have tried all of them and I give them my highest recommendation.