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To-do for the bookworm with deadlines

It goes without saying that I’m a big believer in the daily grind. I’m also pretty sure we can all relate when I say “I hate to-do lists.” Yes, I said it. Trying to keep up with daily activities can be a hassle. I know this because I seem to always lose track of time and slip around. With the countless sticky notes on my desks with acronyms and abbreviation tasks on them, a good number of them never make it off, including reading 10% of a book daily.

To ensure I stay organised without needing to ever touch a sticky note again. I’ve forced myself to get a digital personal assistant (PA) for a more effective ways to track my tasks and deadlines; if, like me, you’re to-do-list averse, here are some tips on staying organized without a blink.

Google Keep

Google Keep is not only a simple organiser, it is available on the web, for Android and iOS users. The application is super fast, flexible, and easy to use. Keep is a syncing notepad that can keep checklists, images, voice notes, and other text notes synchronized across devices and stored in the cloud, sounds cool. A conventional app which supports time and location based reminders and color-coded notes. There’s no real barrier to entry—no accounts to set up, no lists to import or categories to set up, and so on.


Any.do is an urban to-do list manager, it’s my current favorite to-do app for iPhone. Any.do supports both iOS and Android. Syncing smoothly between devices and platforms, and can handle recurring tasks, timed and location-based reminders (this is super important for a busy bee). It gets your day started with the Any.do “Moment,” a short review of everything you have on your table for the day. It also keeps your to-do list from getting overwhelming, and really shows you “today,” “tomorrow,” and “later,” so you don’t get overwhelmed by dates and times. It handles multiple priorities, and it integrates nicely with the calendar app.


Perfect for managing work and personal tasks together. A fancier way to manage your to-dos, Wunderlist is the app for you. It includes beautiful backgrounds for your tasks, along with a colorful interface where your notes are on a yellow pad and your sub-tasks look like they’ve been added on a piece of paper.


Perfect for the snooze loving kid until you’re ready to do your tasks. Designed around making it simple to enter tasks in their app, but Swipes has a different take. If you’re already using Evernote to take notes and clip snippets of articles for research, it would likely be easiest to just add tasks there and that’s what Swipes is designed around. It will watch your Evernote account for new tasks on notes, then turn them into full-featured tasks and projects on your phone automatically.

If you find the perfect to-do list app for your needs—or already have a productivity tool you’ve been relying on—we’d love to hear why you picked that app in the comments below.