by Melanie Spring

Your To-Do List can be unruly if you don't get it organized. If you've finally figured out an order to your list, make sure you have a way to keep track of it. I asked Twitter, Path & other friends for their favorite ways to organize their lives.

The #1 application for to-do lists is still analog use of paper & pen.

But if you're going to use an application, knowing what you will continually use and what you keep with you at all times is crucial. Find an application where you'll have the ability to update in multiple places. Make sure it syncs it with all your devices. Knowing yourself and how you work will allow you to keep up-to-date on everything you need to do. If you keep an analog list, be sure to keep it with you at all times. If you use your phone everywhere, have an application you can sync from your computer to your phone.

Recommended online applications included:

Sisarina's favorite project management tool allows you to organize & alert others to tasks assigned to them. It keeps deadlines, checklists, allows others to vote cards up a list and separates lists via boards. We have one for Branding/Design, Website Design, Website Development, and Website Maintenance. I have a personal to-do list and a Sisarina to-do list along with access to everyone else's lists so I can make sure everything is flowing the way it should. Trello syncs between iPhone and your computer at the moment.

I keep my blog posts in Evernote along with reminders and grocery to-do lists because it syncs automatically with my phone and laptop. (I'm actually typing this post in Evernote since I never have to worry about it going missing.) There are a million other uses for this fantastic application and many recommend it for all your to-do lists but I need to see if someone can give me a crash course so I can use it at its best.

Matt Brock of Divergent Planning highly recommends this time-saving focusing task list. "OmniFocus is designed to quickly capture your thoughts and allow you to store, manage, and process them into actionable to-do items." 

Reminds me of Evernote except focused on task management. " Things' source list lets you easily focus without ever switching view modes or wrapping your head around filter criteria." 

Reminds me of Trello mixed with Gmail. Many recommend it since it syncs with iPhone & Android but also said to keep a separate paper/pen list. 

Reminds of me Google Calendars mixed with Trello. "The idea was to build a bare-bones, but visually compelling and highly usable to-do app: Use the free browser-based TeuxDeux at work/home and then take your to-dos on the road with the iPhone app."

Have another great application for your to-do list? Comment here so we can share it.


1. When Your To-Do List Becomes Your To-Doom List
2. HOW TO: Break Down Your To-Do List
3. HOW TO: Create a Daily To-Do List (Without Losing Your Mind)

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