What You Said: Do You Use a Dedicated Todo List App?

By Jason Fitzpatrick on July 22nd, 2011

Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite todo list apps and now we’re back to highlight your favorites.

By far and away the tasks function in Outlook got the most nods. It’s not technically a stand alone application as most people also use it for email and calendar management, but it’s worth noting due to its popularity. The most common arrangement with Outlook was to use the desktop application for easy entry and management and then synchronize the resulting list to a smartphone todo list app. Babalooie writes:

I just use Outlook’s to-do features (email flags, task list, calendar) and keep it synchronized with my DroidX using ActiveSync.

Keeps everything centralized and easily accessible.

Toodledo trailed a bit behind Outlook in popularity but still had a solid fanbase–it was by far the most popular dedicated todo list manager. Emily does a great job pitching Toodledo:

Toodledo. I have 3 jobs and a household, so I have a lot to keep track of. Toodledo has a nice mobile web interface for my Android, no “app” needed. From any of my computers I can access the program on the internet. It syncs with Google Calendar, which I sync with Outlook on all of my computers so that ALL of my things are on one calendar. Crucial, for sure.

Toodledo employs the GTD and Franklin Covey methods of organization/prioritization, AND has tags.
There is a free version that is great for most people, I am using the pay version which is only $14 a YEAR. I <3 Toodledo

Free, mobile, and fluid with which organization system you use? Sounds good to us.

Astrid was another popular choice with the majority of readers syncing to Google Calendar. Charlie writes:

On my Android I use Astrid which syncs nicely with my Google Calendar.

Finally we have an interesting pair of apps to share. Although they only received a single mention they’re too interesting to leave unmentioned. Grungetastic writes:

Check out EpicWin and Level Me Up!

RPG style task managers as you get XP when you finish tasks and you level up! In EpicWin you even get loot!

We did check them out and they’re awesome. If you’ve ever wanted to turn your To Do list into an RPG game now is your chance!


Have a todo list app you wan to give a shout out? It’s not too late; tell us all about it in the comments.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/22/11
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