Let's face it: We all have different needs when it comes to to-do lists. Some of us can get by with simply editing a text file; others need priorities and action-items and project labels.
But chances are good you're somewhere in the middle. And that means chances are good that Google's oft-overlooked Tasks web app can satisfy your needs. It supports basic hierarchical structure, allowing you to create sub-tasks for larger projects. It supports due dates for tasks, and provides a field to enter notes for each task. And it supports drag-and-drop reordering, which may not be as elegant as a priority system, but can serve the same purpose with limited fuss.
Trouble is, most of us need to be able to access a to-do list without having to load up a web page. Luckily, with some free tools (and a Google account, natch), you can do just that -- and embed Tasks as an always-accessible drop-down window on your menu bar.
Note taking, appointments and to-do lists are a huge part of the lives of most of the Mac|Life staff. With the break-neck pace of modern life, there's little doubt in our minds that many of you find yourself relying on sticky notes, old school appointment books or dare we say it, an iOS app, to keep your days from running off the rails. If you lean towards App Store-based solutions and have been looking for a new way to keep your universe running smoothly, you could do far worse than giving Awesome Note a whirl.
Judging by our desk, you’d never guess that we try to be highly
organized. And we’ve tried everything, from David Allen’s nerd-famous
Getting Things Done (GTD) dogma, to complex Mac apps, endless paper
notebooks, and iCal’s built in to-do features. We have yet to find the
perfect system for managing not only our work tasks, but also all the
other stuff we have to do in the course of our daily life. But Remember
The Milk, a Web service also accessible via iPhone, is helping us
become more organized than ever.