Entrepreneurs are responsible for any and all tasks related to starting a business, and there’s no better way to keep track of those tasks than with a good old-fashioned to-do list. Of course, one stuck to our beloved devices would probably benefit us . . . and so would one that lets us designate the occasional task to others. These 5 to-do list apps let you build the lists of your dreams.
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Todoist is insanely popular—if you don’t worship it, you at least love it. With apps for more than ten different platforms, this program handles to-do lists for today, tomorrow, and as far into the future as you need. Productivity is easy to track with color-coded progress graphs and goal-setting features. Todoist is also great for teams: not only can you designate tasks, but you can talk about projects with other Todoist users in real-time.
Why we like it: With so many platforms, it’s easy to add—or check off—a task anywhere, anytime.
Price: Free personal account; $27/year for premium
Remember the Milk
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With Remember the Milk, not only will you always have your to-do list on hand, but you’ll also receive reminders to complete certain tasks based on time, priority, or location. Tagging makes it easy to organize tasks by category; subtasks let you get as complex with your to-do lists as you’d like. Smart Add even lets you add items to your lists in a single line, no matter how many details you’d like to include—Remember the Milk will sort things out for you. (If only it were that easy for the rest of life.)
Why we like it: Remember the Milk integrates easily with Gmail, Google Calendar, Evernote, Twitter, and other major applications to further organize your life.
Price: Free lite access; $40/year premium
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While many to-do list apps consist of bright colors and bubbly animations, WorkFlowy gets down to business with a neutral, sophisticated interface. A clean screen allows you to throw basic bullet points into a list, then create sub-bullets underneath to further explain or break down a task. Marking a task as “done” is simple—just tap the task. It’s almost too easy.
Why we like it: It’s been said that the founders of Twitter and Slack use WorkFlowy exclusively. Hey, they’ve gotten this far . . . .
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Wunderlist is like a simplified and aesthetically pleasing version of all the above apps, combined. Like Todoist, Wunderlist lets you collaborate on lists so no one’s left behind. Like Remember the Milk, Wunderlist allows for easy one-line task addition; typing “pick up Dad from airport on Thursday at 3 PM” will automatically create a deadline with notifications so you don’t forget. Wunderlist’s clean and simple interface imitates WorkFlowy’s, and you can check off a task with a quick tap. Last of all—and not incredibly important, but fun nonetheless—users can change the background on their list, making the app customizable down to the last pixel.
Why we like it: If other to-do list apps come with too many bells and whistles, Wunderlist will give you the peace and space those apps won’t.
Price: Free lite access; $5/month pro
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Any.do seamlessly connects events, tasks, and notes across devices so you’ll never miss a single detail. Cal, a mini virtual assistant, handles your calendar and takes hand-free commands in-app. Any.do’s repeat reminders make it easy to remember to pay the rent each month or add to your blog weekly. Finally, a daily planner allows you to lay out your agenda each morning, making your day just a little less overwhelming. Any.do is an all-inclusive app for those who want the work done for them.
Why we like it: It’s easy to attach text or image “notes” to a specific task to refer to later.
Price: Free basic access; $45/year or $5/month pro