I come across many services a day while researching for Solution Watch, and as many of you know, I take a lot of notes to organize my thoughts about them. Until recently, the only method that I used to keep organized with the services I wanted to write about was by reviewing my notes and email, then selecting one from the list. Now, I’ve learned to review all my notes at the end of the day and add each service that I would like to review to an organized to do list.

The problem I was having was that I would write all these notes, but I wouldn’t always get to writing about the services I wanted because sometimes I simply forgot (A Not-To-Do List) or the service got carried to the bottom of my notes archive. I then started to use a to do list and now I am much more organized and every day open my to do list and get a clear overview of what’s on my plate to review. All products are clearly listed all with open check-boxes waiting for me to check them off. I really didn’t think at first something so simple could help so much, but it really did. In fact, even this very post was marked on my to do list to write which I added a couple days ago.

There are a few things I look for when working with an online to do list. I like the service to be clean and organized displaying uncompleted/completed tasks. It also must allow for simple adding and editing of tasks. And lastly, don’t hate me for this, but if I am going to be using this to do list every day for who knows how long, it must be attractive. The way it appears may not matter much to some of you, but it does for me because if I want to get in to the habit of using it, I have to be comfortable when using it. Other then that, any extras are welcome as long as they don’t cause a loss of focus on the to do list itself.

Top 5 To Do Lists: (No Specific Order)

Orchestrate uses a unique method to help you ogranize your to do lists. Rather then simply allowing you to create a list, it lets you create multiple lists each with their own name. Orchestrate then allows you to select the ones you want to see and display them in your little workspace. You can have them all open at once or just a select few, as well as get a basic overview of all lists. Orchestrate has a neat interface with a lot of your usual Web 2.0 type design elements with Ajax and Javascript animations, although it took me a minute to understand how to use it because the way you manage your lists is fairly unique.

Ta-da List, a 37signals product, has always been at the top of my list. It’s strong point is that it’s a to do list and nothing more. It’s clean and simple, gets right to the point, and only provides feature that you actually need. You can create multipe lists and add, edit, re-order, and remove tasks from each list. You also have the ability to share your lists to friend or by using a public address. There’s not much more to it and that is why I like it so much.

Wallnote caught my interest because it allows you to manage your to do list in two ways. You can either access your to do list online at the Wallnote website or you use it on your Windows Desktop. The creator of Wallnote had the idea that, why limit users access to a web browser when they can easily included on their Windows desktop using Windows Active Desktop. It’s a neat idea and effective because when a user starts up their computer, they instantly see the to do list. Wallnote has your basic to do list features where you can add and edit tasks, although the only way to get a task off your to do list is by completing it (no remove option). It also has a little notes area on the left of the task list which I found to be helpful at times.

Remember the Milk is a more feature packed task management solution. It allows you to organize your tasks into tabs and tags, make time specific tasks with automatic reminders and repeat intervals, and even has collaborative features. Remember the Milk may have a lot of functionality, but I felt it did a great job at allowing you to keep the service as simple as you’d like, not making you feel forced to use the extra features. Although, even if you use it with the bare-minimum functionality, you’ll eventually start using all the features. I started testing the service out with my original intent of just using it as a basic to do list without using anything special. As the days passed I found that I started to use the extra features more and more and I found it’s because they really did help me with productivity. Because of this, I decided to make it a top selection.

Rough Underbelly is on my favorites list because it is the only one that really got me motivated to use it. It’s entirely based on the Printable CEO, an idea that has proven to be effective where you give yourself points for completing a task. Rough Underbelly took the Printable CEO a step further and created it into a Ruby on Rails based to do list. You add tasks to your list and set a specific amount of points to each. You can create your own measure of importance for each point amount or use point system provided as example on the left. You then want to make a game out of your list by trying to knock off as many tasks as you can in a day and seeing how high you can get your score. It’s a great feeling completing a task, especially ones with high points!

More Online To Do Lists:

Now, I know many of you know of other to do lists and feel they may be better options then the five I have selected, and that may very well be true. The above five are my personal favorites and everyone has their own preference with these sort of things and because of this, I have decided to list other web-based to do lists that I know of. And yes, I’ve tested every single one and more.

To Do Lists

  • Toodledo – On the more advanced end, Toodledo allows you to organize your tasks into different folders or projects, assign due-dates and priorities, and attach notes to tasks. There is also a pro package available.
  • TaskThis! – You can create tasks with notes and publish them via RSS, or share them so that others can add/complete tasks on your list. Last I used it, it was running a bit slow, but great functionality wise.
  • ListPool – A neat solution that allows you to build your own to do list selecting only the fields you want to add and share them when complete. You can select from preset types of lists or start from scratch.
  • TaskFreak! – Although it’s not a hosted solution and requires you install it on your own server, it’s a great system. Features excellent organization, status marking, and priority control. TaskFreak requires PHP and MySQL/SQLite and installation on your server. Online demo available at site.
  • Time Tracker – Keep track of the time you spend on any task. Add a task and record time-splits until completing the task. You can also view an overview of total time to complete your tasks.
  • voo2do – Advanced task and priority management for busy, ambitious individuals. Features organization by project, deadlines and time tracking, collaborative functionality, and more.
  • Tasks – King Design, makers of Feedlounge, offers Tasks, a commercial suite of web-based task management software. Tasks requires installation on your own server and comes in three packages: Tasks, Tasks Jr., and Tasks Pro.
  • TaskToy – Todo list service with note taking, bookmarking, and projects. Also gives a lot of options for list items.
  • e2doList.com – Allows you to create and manage multiple lists, add notes to individual tasks, share them with others, and set email reminders.
  • Sproutliner – a “supercharged structured to-do list” that has the more advanced feel to it. Source is also available.
  • Tudu Lists – Nice todo list that has a simplistic style to it and features sharing and cool priority functionality.
  • Bla-bla List – Simple and sharable todo lists that uses Macromedia Flash. It also features RSS updates and private sharing.

Online Planners

  • Backpack – A 37signals product that is a personal and business information manager. Add notes, create to do lists, and more. The incorporated to do list is almost an exact match of 37signals product, Ta-da list (mentioned in my favorites above).
  • Zoho Planner – Right up Backpack’s alley, Zoho Planner is a web based planner that allows you to save notes, create to do lists, and manage files and images.

Start Pages

  • Netvibes – Known for its personalized start page, Netvibes provides a great To Do module that allows you to easily add, edit, and remove tasks. If your a Netvibes user, it is a must have.
  • Pageflakes – Related to Netvibes, Pageflakes is also a start page that has a great To Do module. The module features add, edit, and remove of tasks as well as setting due dates to each.
  • TODO List Google Module – Add a to do list to your Google Personalized start page. Includes simple add, edit, and removal of tasks as well as setting due-dates.

Calendars

  • 30 Boxes – Although 30 Boxes is a web based calendar solution, it also features an excellent to do list where you can add, edit, and remove tasks as well as tag them for organization.
  • HipCal – HipCal provides a nice task manager on the right column of the calendar. It allows you to add new tasks along with due-dates, priority, and alerts.
  • Google Calendar To Do List – Firefox users can setup this neat Greasemonkey script that adds a to do list to your Google Calendar account. Firefox and Greasemonkey extension required.

That about does it for my list! There should be something for everyone in this list and hopefully it will help some of you with productivity. If you know of other to do list solutions, please feel free to share in the comments. Also, if to do lists don’t work out for you, you may be interested in another Solution Watch roundup, Fifty Ways to Take Notes. Lastly, in case anyone is wondering, the to do list that I use is Wallnote. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel comfortable using it.

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140 Comments on “25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive”

  1. David says:

    I will add ‘Evaluate all 25 to-do lists’ to my todo list on my google home page’s RL Todo-List widget:
    http://rlwidgets.com/

  2. To-Do list writeup - find one that works for you! at Unsympathetic says:

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  3. kathaclysm says:

    Computer programs for to-do lists are good for those who sit at a computer all day, but I find that my weekends get a little lost when I’m not at work on the computer. As a woman, I get to carry a purse with an uuber-small day-planner in it. But I also find the pocket-mod ( http://www.pocketmod.com/ ) a great pen & paper method for making to-do lists.

  4. Brian Benzinger says:

    Kathaclysm – Thanks for bringing up PocketMod. I was looking for that the other day but couldn’t remember the name. Your right, for people at the computer all day (like me, heh), computer based to do lists are great, otherwise, either way works. I like using web-based mainly because I can access the list from anywhere, as long as there is internet. Thanks for the comment!

  5. TJ says:

    Nice list.

    Perhaps a bit more full featured, but we use http://www.centraldesktop.com for a team todo list to manage light projects.

  6. Ashish Bogawat says:

    I’ve been using remember the milk for a few months now and find it by far the best personal task management application out there. All the other applications you mentioned have atleast one thing they do better than remember the milk, but none seem to combine the power and simplicity that it provides. For me, rtm has changed the way I manage my life at work!

  7. Ian says:

    You might take a look at Joe’s Goals which I rolled out for beta testing about 10 days ago. It isn’t quite a to do list but a lot of people are using it as one.

    http://www.joesgoals.com

  8. Brian Benzinger says:

    Awesome. Great to hear that, Ashish. Remember the Milk is quite the package as I’ve said in the post. It has everything you’ll ever need, but for some (like me), Just the basic to do list functionality is all I need. Ever since I started using a to do list to manage work and this blog, my productivity has improved greatly.

  9. Brian Benzinger says:

    Ian – Thanks. Yep, I’m aware of Joe’s Goals. As you said, it isn’t quite a to do list so I didn’t include it in the list. But I have side noted it at Solution Watch a week or two ago.

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  11. Scott says:

    I’m a avid BackPack user myself. You can add iPrioritize to your list. It has a mobile component that’s worth looking at.

    http://www.iprioritize.com

  12. Hans says:

    I use ListPool. Calling it a to do list application doesn’t give it justice. You can use it to keep many kinds of lists, not just to-dos. Might not be as popular as some of the others yet, but its more flexible and powerful.

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  39. Manoj says:

    I really enjoyed the article, and I was wondering if there is a service out there which can import a task list (with start, finish and resource email) from excel and then send email reminders out to people assigned on a weekly basis.

    Manoj

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  45. Greg Parker says:

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  48. Jeb Banner says:

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  50. Bhavesh says:

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  51. Rick Wagner says:

    Great work in making this collection listing. I use a PocketPC 6700 and sync it with my Mac.. for a long time I was looking for an easy way to do reminder lists for groceries, or stuff needed from Home Depot etc.. and after trying many of the ones listed I found that http://e2dolist.com worked the best on all of my browsers including the Sprint Windows Mobile PPC web browser.
    Thanks for all the great research and work..
    –Rick

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  56. Frankie says:

    Thanks very much for this. So useful.

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  58. David says:

    If you like the visual approach, take a look at GoalEnforcer: http://www.goalenforcer.com
    You can build to do lists with tasks and subtasks by just dragging and dropping objects on the screen.

  59. CAdams says:

    Another online to-do list site is Listango. It also lets people add lists of favorites, goals, etc. Pretty good interface, and I like the fact that I can use tags to organize my lists, kind of like organizing my bookmarks at del.icio.us.

    http://www.listango.com/

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  62. David Copperfield says:

    Very usefull list, thanks!
    Recently I found the same like basecamp or rememberthemilk to-do project on http://aimbo.com – it’s improved daily mechanism what would be useful for programmers of various kinds I suppose. We are team of web programmers and think aimbo and listed above to-do lists menegers would be useful for us. Thanks again.

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  64. Andrew Taylor says:

    What I require from “To Do List” software. I’d be grateful if you could help

    PREAMBLE

    I used to use “Time Manager International Software (http://eshop.tmi.co.uk/tmi_eshop/catalogue/c218/c222/p816) which is unique in the fact that it divides the users life into nine “non-overlapping” key areas.

    Within those sections are pages that help organise projects or ideas or chores that must be done, to progress oneself in that jey area. Each week, the user “has a meeting with himself” where he goes through each section and transfers the things for the following week than need to be done into his diary.

    I used to have Time Manager software that did this automatically but now Time Manager no longer make this software.

    Then I owned a Psion Netbook that had ToDo list softwate that allowed me the following:

    One could have as many ToDo lists as one liked. So I used CAPUTALS to make my nine sections. Then within those sections I used Upper and Lower case to do lists to denote the sub-sections in the diary. It worked perfectly. Alas, after a while, the Netbood didn’t! The new Netbook Pro did not have this software as it was Windows based.

    QUESTION

    Do you have Windows software which will allow me to do the same thing as the Psion Netbook software did in the last paragraph in the PREAMBLE above?

  65. Geoff R says:

    This article was very helpful to me. I discovered your website by searching for web 2.0 for students. When I came across your back to school article, I was amazed. You have introduced me to many useful apps which I now use such as Toodledo, voo2do, and Gradefix.

    I decided the other day to write my own article reviewing some of my favourite to-do lists on the web. Enjoy!

    http://www.gearfire.net/?p=64

  66. Top Ten Lists says:

    [...]25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive[...]

  67. Lurena Byrd says:

    Take it all in child!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. web live :: Back to School with the Class of Web2.0: Part 1 :: January :: 2007 says:

    [...] 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive: Solution Watch roundup of 25 web-based task managers that can be helpful for students wanting to keep track of homework and upcoming quizzes. Be sure to check visitor comments for more. [...]

  69. Library clips :: Catch up on web tools :: January :: 2007 says:

    [...] Scrybe – there are so many of these PIM tools, the sharable all-in-one calendar, tasks, to-do, notes, etc… The difference here is that you can use it offline without installing anything, and next time you on the net it will synch…see more. [...]

  70. windstable - » ?????web2.0???????? says:

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  71. 8apps: Social Networking for Productive People says:

    [...] Last year I had selected the task management solution Orchestrate as a top pick in 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive. Now Tokyo based startup Jonkenpon, creator of Orchestrate, has launched a service called 8apps which aims to be a social network for productive people. The idea is to create a community where users can not only meet new people but work with them in a suite of productivity based applications. There are currently three applications available in the 8apps suite with five more to come. The first three applications are Handshake, Orchestrate and Blueprint offering social networking, task management and brainstorming. In a blog post announcing 8apps, Jonkenpon explains that they do not plan on competing with offerings such as 37signals or Google Docs but rather fill in the gaps where they lack in productivity with a suite of small, focused applications. [...]

  72. Robert Walker says:

    I just happened by this list and it is pretty good. One newer contender you left off is http://www.vitalist.com

    If you are into GTD like I am, you can really take advantage of it’s structure.

  73. ambien says:

    ambien…

    news…

  74. Top Blogs » Blog Archive » 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive says:

    [...] Solution Watch put together a great comprehensive list of ‘to-do’ lists. I personally just use the Greasemonkey script for Google Calendar but if you are a heavy note-taker or want something more robust. Solution Watch has the list to review. There are a few things I look for when working with an online to do list. I like the service to be clean and organized displaying uncompleted/completed tasks. It also must allow for simple adding and editing of tasks. And lastly, donÂ?t hate me for this, but if I am going to be using this to do list every day for who knows how long, it must be attractive. The way it appears may not matter much to some of you, but it does for me because if I want to get in to the habit of using it, I have to be comfortable when using it. Other then that, any extras are welcome as long as they donÂ?t cause a loss of focus on the to do list itself. [...]

  75. Roy says:

    I like Topicscape for ToDo lists. You can see everything in front of you in the 3D landscape it uses in a way that 2D outlines don’t allow. Not only that, you can organize all the related information, and search it, in the same tool.

  76. Serge says:

    Excuse me, but I will not pretend that I’m a casual user of To Do List software. Our company develops To Do List software and I think this list will be incomplete without our programs. It is not a promotion, I will just mention how the products differ from each other, anyway, it’s up to users to decide which application of all mentioned above suits their needs better.

    VIP Team To Do List – for team leaders. You can create to do list for your team and automatically send them via email.

    VIP Organizer – for your work AND personal to do lists.

    VIP Simple To Do List – for your work OR personal to do lists.

    You can find them here:
    http://www.todolistsoft.com/

    P.S. I believe the main difference of our products with others is advanced filtering, sorting and grouping to do items. Still that is my personal opinion.

  77. Toby says:

    I realize I may be a bit late here, but I thought you might want to add JetTask to the list.

    JetTask is yet another task list program I just finished writing. It is not online, but I find the online applications a bit annoying because I am not always online.

    Anyway, I would hate for the above list of comments to be incomplete. :-)

  78. Toby says:

  79. Smashing Success says:

    I might be a bit late too, but I thought you might want to add http://www.goalposting.net to your list.

    Justin

  80. Rami says:

    WorkHack.com, a new todo list, started this year 07

  81. James says:

    I really like http://www.tweeto.com as a quick and easy way to manage your tasks. This was a really good list of alternatives though.

  82. Jersey says:

    keep up the good work!+

  83. “Fan-task-tic” Task Sharing For Teams with HiTask says:

    [...] So, Tim says this is “fan-task-tic”. HiTask is a new task management solution that aims to make managing tasks easier and more fun for teams. We all know task management is a very crowded space, but HiTask has some great team-focused features that caught my interest. Besides the basic adding of tasks, HiTask lets you add notes, meetings, reminders, and birthdays. Users can also talk with team members in real-time using a simple, one-way chat. HiTask also provides a nice daily calendar interface with drag-and-drop capabilities for scheduling tasks. Also, users can assign tasks to specific members rather than sharing entire lists. [...]

  84. Gene says:

    I came across this great little app. It should definately be on your list here.

  85. Gene says:

    And now of course the link: http://www.myticklerfile.com

    I need coffee…

  86. Online Outliner - To Do List Manager: Todoist says:

    [...] So what is it that makes Todoist better than the other to-do list managers out there? Off the top of my head, the following features impress me the most: [...]

  87. P. LaNasa says:

    While http://www.dailytodo.net is a far simpler solution than those you list, it fills a gap that the other sites do not, namely daily, weekly, and monthly lists.

  88. Jiri Novotny says:

    What about Swift To-Do List, very easy to use, lightweight, yet powerful to do list software – http://www.dextronet.com/swift-to-do-list.php ?

  89. Darin says:

    thank’s for the to do list link,
    I try to use ta-da list to remind me all I have to do this month..
    very useful article
    thank you

  90. MUST READ: Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0 - Part 1 « jobboardgawker says:

    [...] 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive: Solution Watch roundup of 25 web-based task managers that can be helpful for students wanting to keep track of homework and upcoming quizzes. Be sure to check visitor comments for more. [...]

  91. To Do List « Daily PlanIt says:

    [...] Low tech: magnetic poetry to do list. High tech: Solutions Watch to do possibilities. [...]

  92. Online Auctions: New Way of Shopping says:

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  93. 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive | Crossroads of Learning Journal says:

    [...] Journal Reference: Brian Benzinger, Solution Watch, 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive.  Retrieved on 6/6/07 http://www.solutionwatch.com/450/25-to-do-lists-to-stay-productive/ Filed under Admin/Management, Coaching, College, Study Tools, Learners, Tutors by Bob O’Haver [...]

  94. Tiberiu Ghioca says:

    Cool article! I had the same problem with organizing my work during faculty (classes, part-time job, a.s.o.) and I have discovered that a to do list helps you very much. It’s a must! The only problem I have with the web-based to do lists is that if you do not have access to the internet you can not use them. That is why I’ve created my own personal organizer:

    http://www.efigioorganizer.com

    as an efficient replacement for the pencil and paper to do list.

  95. LumaKimura.net [ Blog ] » Remember the Milk says:

    [...] Depois de alguns dias testando vários serviços de listas, escolhi o Remember The Milk como o meu gerenciador “oficial” de listas de tarefas. Existem algumas ótimas opções gratuitas disponíveis por aí (neste post aqui, por exemplo, você pode encontrar uma boa lista de 25 serviços desse tipo), o meu critério foi muito simples: escolhi aquele com o qual mais gostei de trabalhar. [...]

  96. moraaz.org - | EN » Blog Archive » “Fan-task-tic” Task Sharing For Teams with HiTask says:

    [...] So, Tim says this is “fan-task-tic”. HiTask is a new task management solution that aims to make managing tasks easier and more fun for teams. We all know task management is a very crowded space, but HiTask has some great team-focused features that caught my interest. Besides the basic adding of tasks, HiTask lets you add notes, meetings, reminders, and birthdays. Users can also talk with team members in real-time using a simple, one-way chat. HiTask also provides a nice daily calendar interface with drag-and-drop capabilities for scheduling tasks. Also, users can assign tasks to specific members rather than sharing entire lists. [...]

  97. Brendan Peo says:

    I liked BlaBlaList and TaDa List but one thing that is missing is to be able to move from one list to the other, BackPack provides that possibility within pages but you dont get a good count of the number of tasks. Has anyone seen something so easy as TaDa or BlaBla but allows you to drag and drop from one list to the other. I like to for example create to list for Today, This Week, Next Week. As tasks come on, I add them to the appropriate list. Every Morning I look at the To Do This week and drag and drop to To Do Today and complete To Do Today… Have you seen something that can help with this?

  98. Projectizer Toodledo: An On-Line Task Manager that is Easy to Use and is Feature Packed « says:

    [...] Just a few days ago Solution Watch posted 25 To Do Lists To Stay Productive which is a very comprehensive but only goes into detail on four of them. [...]

  99. anuj says:

    Hi guys,

    you can add http://www.TaskBin.com to the loooong list of to do applications. Each claiming to be ‘different’.

    So here is my contribution to the list of different to do lists http://www.taskbin.com its more of a group management tool.

  100. nick says:

    I use http://www.shitonyourlist.com – an online todo list for the slightly juvenile (as the URL suggests!)

  101. zymee.com says:

    25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive…

    come across many services a day while researching for Solution Watch, and as many of you know, I take a lot of notes to organize my thoughts about them. Until recently, the only method that I used to keep organized with the services I wanted to write a…

  102. Greenworld says:

    Try this for free

    http://www.myintervals.com

    This is much better than a to do list, it really helps you to keep organized by streamlining your project and tasks. A time tracker and project management web-based application.

  103. Jamie Hill says:

    Keep an eye on http://www.propelr.com, a GTD project management application (due end of ’07)

  104. Summary for the week ending 9/9/2007 | Port 16 says:

    [...] – I spent a little bit of time looking for an online To Do list service, I settled on “Remember the Milk“, but don’t take my word for it, check out these “25 to do lists to stay productive“. Going through the list should prove an excellent way of dodging work. [...]

  105. A Day of Fluff | RabidTrail says:

    [...] Inevitably the day comes and a web site needs to get finished. Today wasn’t that day. The redesign of sim.org is now 98% finished and is now at its final stages of Fluff. The Fluff (my technical term for tweaking all the little things on the web site) stage will probably take a few weeks since so many opinions come into play. Well since my list of Fluff differs time-to-time from my co-workers I have been checking out todo/task list that we can all track our projects on. I tried a few different programs then found the large list of Todo list at solutionwatch.com Filled under: Uncategorized [...]

  106. Online Organisers Follow-Up « Karen Zara Dwells Here says:

    [...] Online Organisers Follow-Up About an hour ago I found (via Google, as usual) the kind of resource I was looking for: 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive. It contains all of the online task managers I had found myself plus several others I wasn’t aware of. [...]

  107. How To Use To-Do Lists To Increase Your Productivity says:

    [...] When you make to-do lists it’s easier to keep track of things you need to accomplish on a particular day or during a particular week. I use Ta-da list. Do you use such tools. It really enhances your productivity because if you can keep track of your to-do list you don’t skip any important thing like writing that article on Friday or replying to your cousin before going to bed or remembering your wedding anniversary (or face death). Brian review 25 to do lists to stay productive. It’s a very old post but you can get lots of information from here that you can still use. [...]

  108. Wally says:

    Surprised http://www.hiveminder.com wasn’t mentioned here. what do you think of it?

  109. ainstushar says:

    great website, i love it!!

    you should add iscryb.com to the calendar list – it’s in beta list but it can beat any other product in the market.

    thanks

  110. iLibrarian » Get Organized! A Guide for Dealing with Information Overload says:

    [...] 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive [...]

  111. Trick is to get organized long enough to read these … « Libtech in LibrarianLand says:

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  112. Blog Action Day « Maxdavinci……. says:

    [...] Use to-do software and minimize the use of post-it notes and scribbling pads. Best thing would be to use Google Calendar and sync it to your Google Desktop. [...]

  113. ActionItem says:

    Have you seen ActionItem? Agile group collaboration.

  114. inforabbi’s Blog » ???????? says:

    [...] 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive [...]

  115. Perry says:

    Hey Brian, Nice list!! Have you run across any of them that allow bulk imports of tasks (say from a csv file or the like) And also integrates with google like ‘Remember the Milk’??

  116. Oliver says:

    Blue Smiley Organizer is missing in the list
    http://www.bookmark-manager.com/

  117. L. Keller says:

    Wallnote has been replaced by Nutshell. It would be good to make note of this in your main post.

  118. Morty says:

    Another good serice is vitalist( http://www.vitalist.com ) and you should really make a list of offline software as well, i’ll start with my brother’s software – uOrganized (http://www.veetosoft.com)

  119. Clifford says:

    Have used various To-do and Tasks lists programs for the last 20 years. FranklinCovey was the last for the Palm. Now using HTC 8125 with ACT! 2007. I have been looking for a functional Task List programs that DOES NOT integrate with Outlook as it conflicts with ACT! Will check out some of the ones you included.
    I like to keep the To-Dos and Tasks separate from ACT and Outlook.

  120. Kingdom of Procrastinator » Blog Archive » Toodledo says:

    [...] I have been looking for a to-do list past few days and came across this site [ solutionwatch.com ] that seemed to discuss several options. I tried a few and today decided to play with Toodledo [ http://www.toodledo.com ] [...]

  121. New (to me) and Useful: Remember the Milk — libbyh.com Archive says:

    [...] What’s my solution? Today it’s Remember the Milk. RTM is one of many (see this guy’s blog for more) To Do list software apps out there, and I started using it yesterday. I like that it lets me assign tasks all kinds of metadata (including tags, due dates, estimated completion times) and to group tasks into various lists. I have lists for my dissertation, the KNOW SI project, other research, and personal stuff. RTM lets you email in (or Jott) new tasks, has Google Homepage and Mac widgets, and is generally a friendly application. I downloaded Google Gears too, but I haven’t had to use RTM offline yet. [...]

  122. Tony G says:

    It is other people’s to do lists that bother me. Here is a way to keep them on trach:

    http://www.taskanyone.com/

  123. Alisa Sentor says:

    A new todo list many people don’t know about is http://www.todopub.com. Todopub.com is a straight forward list with a few more features that tadalist but not overkill like RTM. Check it out at http://www.todopub.com or i.todopub.com for iphones.

  124. A List of To-Do Lists « Leandro says:

    [...] A List of To-Do Lists i’m a big to-do list user. i love to get things done. writing something to do down on paper gives me the motivation to see it crossed out. so for a long time i’ve been resorting to creating my to-do lists in a simple text editor. i found this to be the fastest way, but frankly i became a bit bored at always having to edit the same text file. it just didn’t feel very technically advanced. i knew there were to-do lists applications available over the web, so i decided that i would try some of them. i found this article on the web that covers quite a bit of different options when it comes to managing your to-do lists. [...]

  125. Adam Bourne says:

    Wrote a recent review of To Do Lists here:

    http://rantyravey.blogspot.com/2008/01/to-do-lists.html

  126. chinesebob says:

    what about something you can sync between google calender and palm so others can see your workload even if you don’t have meetings?

  127. Bob the Builder says:

    Could you review ZoToDo? As far as functionality, it’s pretty simple at the moment, but it’s still easy to use and stuff… Here’s a link, Online To Dos

  128. KhmerAK* | a Phnom Penh Geek » Blog Archive » Staying productive with Gubb says:

    [...] So gubb is an online web app for managing todos and share with friends/team. There’re actually so many todo webapps around that solve this kind of problem. Two big list of these application are 25 to do lists to stay productive and comparison of todo lists services which has listed almost all services with some description that is easy to understand and help us to go with one that is fit to ours needs. [...]

  129. To the gun show? « The Recycle Bin says:

    [...] To do list list. Interesting spin on an agenda. [...]

  130. Rajeev says:

    Hi,
    Check out Caartz (www.caartz.com). Its a free online shopping list manager.

  131. The Ultimate Writing Productivity Resource - Lifehack.org says:

    [...] Toodledo: Task management system that integrates well with various services, including Jott, Twitter, and Google Calendar. (Alternatives: RememberTheMilk, TadaList, more) [...]

  132. Free apps to help you write « Later On says:

    [...] Toodledo: Task management system that integrates well with various services, including Jott, Twitter, and Google Calendar. (Alternatives: RememberTheMilk, TadaList, more) [...]

  133. John Michaels says:

    i know that this post is really about online management tools for to do lists, but I’ve found this site for to do list templates that I thought i should share. Sometimes I just find it helpful to print out a to do list and check things off on paper (ie/ when i know I’m going somewhere I won’t have a computer). Here’s a link: To Do List Template

  134. Brad says:

    to do lists need to be integrated with other collaboration tools to be really productive

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  136. Scott says:

    I think you should checkout:

    http://www.smarttodolist.com

    It doesn’t get any easier for desktop to-do list software.

  137. Web 2.0 resources in Education | New Technologies and 6th Forms says:

    [...] 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive: Solution Watch roundup of 25 web-based task managers that can be helpful for students wanting to keep track of homework and upcoming quizzes. Be sure to check visitor comments for more. [...]

  138. Cosmina says:

    Hi Brian,

    Another tool for time tracking is Fanurio http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com It’s a useful application, with a user-friendly interface.

  139. digg this! says:

    [...] You can also check out this very detailed and helpful post about the best 25 online “To Do” lists and organizers. [...]

  140. DJ says:

    Manoj, I understand you want to “import a task list (with start, finish and resource email) from excel and then send email reminders out to people assigned on a weekly basis”.

    I suggest you check out http://www.smartsheet.com. I think it fits your description.

    Good luck! — DJ