How-to handbook: Five to-do list apps

Digital to-do list
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

30 May 2016

To-do lists help you remember, prioritise and co-ordinate the most important parts of your day.

As hugely popular time management and productivity aids, it's no wonder app developers have been getting in on the game.

The advantages of app-stored tasks over pen and paper are clear: convenience, speed and programmed reminders are right up there.

We've compiled a list of the best, brightest and quirkiest to-do list apps that are available for free.

1. (Android, iOS) keeps things simple with a clean cut design and easily navigated interface.

It covers all the basics with the ability to set reminders, due dates, recurring tasks and handle file uploads. Little touches like the cross-out effect on completed items make the whole experience very satisfying.

This app can also sync over multiple devices and allows you to share lists for group projects.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

2. Wunderlist (Android, iOS)

Of a similar vein, Wunderlist has comparative features with more of a social slant.

There is a stronger emphasis on tagging tasks and sharing lists for ease of organisation. You can also print to-dos directly from the app if you prefer hard copies.

This tool has a picture-heavy interface and is ideal for organising your home-life as well as work.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

3. Evernote (Android, iOS)

Though not strictly a to-do list focused app, Evernote is a handy and very popular multi-tool.

Email integration and tagging capabilities mean it can be used for project or life management. Templates and extensions like The Secret Weapon make it a doddle.

However, the downside is the lack of a reminder feature, a staple of modern task lists.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

4. Remember the Milk (Android, iOS)

An early contender but still holding its own, Remember The Milk has more to it than a fun name.

This app integrates a lot of the highlights from its competition. Tagging, subtasks, reminders and a search function all feature prominently and are inherently useful.

Unfortunately, a lot of these are only available with the paid Pro subscription upgrade.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

5. Habitica (Android, iOS)

For out-of-the-box thinkers or just very dedicated gamers, Habitica converts your to-do list into a charmingly retro RPG.

Completing tasks in reality earns virtual gold for purchasing in-app upgrades or self-customised rewards. Missing deadlines, however, causes damage to your health bar and deducts points.

As your productivity levels go up, you can adopt pets, battle monsters and cast spells in an interactive community.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

What's your favourite to-do-list app? Let us know in the comments below.


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