| By Lincoln Spector |
In a typically busy life, keeping track of everything you need to get done is a daunting task — especially when priorities seem to change hour by hour.
Personal computers, smartphones — and now cloud-based services — make the job of organizing life easier. You just have to pick the right app.
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Let’s see, what do I need to get done this week? Taxes, service the car, squirt some flea poison on the cat. Oh, yeah! I’ve got to write that cloud-based chore managers article for Windows Secrets.
I know that because an app in my computer just popped up a reminder on my screen. This type of app goes by various names such as task manager, organizer, and digital to-do list. I prefer chore manager; to most Windows users, Task Manager is that often-useful system app, and “to-do” list just sounds too low-tech.
It’s important to distinguish chore managers from project-management applications, which are typically far more complex to use and frequently expensive.
You can find plenty of workable chore managers for Windows; some versions of Microsoft Office come with two of them — Outlook and OneNote. But in today’s world, where personal computers and smartphones fight for our attention, a cloud-based chore manager makes more sense. After all, you’re not always at your computer when you need to decide what to do next.