Tasks. We love to hate them. For the most part we don’t usually get all our tasks done because we never write them all down and keep them intact. It’s easy to not write them down because when you are busy, it all seems very overwhelming. However, when you finally do get them all listed and organized, it’s amazing how much you can get accomplished. Here, we show you 6 effective ways to manage your tasks and make use of your iPad to do it.
There are many things the iPad is good at doing. One of them is distracting your time in multiple ways. Games, Email, Internet, etc. These are all ways to consume your time and keep you less productive! Well, Email could be considered productive but that’s always debatable. Somewhere lurking in the back of your mind, however, are all of the tasks you need to accomplish. It’s overwhelming.
You know you need to take care of things but not sure where to start. Start here. Look over our iPad task management apps and realize that the best thing you can do is find one which fits your needs, get it, and start using it. You will feel 100% better once you get your first task list made.
iPad Task Management Apps
Task management sounds like a big “task” but it really isn’t. What it really means is writing down the things you need to get done. Then, you can organize them and start working on them. That’s really all there is to it. Here are 6 apps that can get you organized and productive with very little effort.
Here is a great place to start. Task cards claims to be the easiest task management app for the iPad. It uses virtual index cards to organize tasks on a desktop and then it provides tools to organize them. The interface actually looks like a wooden desktop with white cards. You can then place cards on the table and label them. For example, you might have a label called “Important” or “Urgent” and then you tap on the card and start listing your important or urgent tasks.
It’s pretty easy to see what you have to do when looking at your tasks in this way. At first, I was a little skeptical of the entire app but once I actually used it, then it all came clear. It really is a great way to organize the most basic of tasks. Plus it’s enjoyable. Here are some of the features you get with Task Cards:
- Ability to add due dates and recurring tasks
- Search, Notes, and Sorting
- Shows completed tasks on the back of each card
In general, this app is liked very well by your peers. The only complaints so far are that you cannot email the cards or assign tasks to others. This is a basic iPad task management app that lends itself well to simple tasks and to-do’s. If you are looking to keep things simple then this is a great place to start.
Hardly any discussion about iPad task management would be complete without mentioning Omnifocus. We did a review of Omnifocus here. It is for the serious person when it comes to tasks. Not only is it the most expensive iPad task manager ($39.99) but it is also the most complete and in-depth. Omnifocus combines task management with the functionality of a desktop app. It comes with flexible viewing options, location-aware task lists, on-the-fly task entry with voice notes and image attachments. It is a serious task management app.
You can use it as a stand alone app or you can also use it in-sync with the desktop Mac version or iPhone version. Here are just a few of the many features you will get with Omnifocus:
- Quick entry for fast, easy task capture
- Task inbox to store items for future processing
- Detailed task options like start due dates, repeating schedules, and audio note and photo attachments
- Organize tasks into projects and folders
- Subtasks and cloud sync
- Forecasts of the weekly and daily views
Ominfocus gets great reviews on a consistent basis. The only complains users have are with the price and the fact that you cannot drag and drop tasks. Other than that, it consistently gets 5 stars. You will really want to make sure you are serious about task management with this app because it is a little more costly but well worth it.
Here is a welcome addition to the iPad task management app set. Tisk Task is a powerful, flexible and elegant task management application that is also sleek and offers an amazing range of features.
This very simple iPad task management app allows you to create lists that you can populate with tasks. It’s a very simple idea but it gets the job done! The interface looks just like sheets of paper so you feel like you have a real list to keep you organized. There are also three “smart lists”: Today, Tomorrow, and Overdue. These lists are populated based on the dates you enter in.
Beyond the smart lists, you can create your own lists and tasks which include priorities, notes, and due dates. Users really like this app for it’s interface and simplicity. Most people generally agree that it’s like Task Cards which is to say it is best for simple lists and to-do’s. No major complaints with the app. It’s pretty much “What you see is what you get”. The only complaints some users have are that it is difficult to delete tasks and find your way around.
Much like Omnifocus, Things is an iPad task management app that is a bit more costly($19.99) but it comes with the perfect set of task management features. Things is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager. While other task managers are fairly difficult to use, Things claims to be the most simple.
The strength behind Things is the design. It is so nicely laid out and designed with its beautiful pad of paper and task lists off to the side. It’s like email but in task list form! Things really does make it super easy to manage your to-dos, notes, due dates, and projects of any kind. It comes with smart lists and a really nice scheduling feature which I have not seen in other task management apps.
Things was recently updated which brought with it some nice features. It added better search functionality, TextExpander support, improved task entry, logging, and speed improvements.
Things is a great app but it also has its shortcomings. Users complain mostly about the price and a few other irritations. There is no way to sync up with a PC, no way to back up your tasks, no way to email a full task list. The majority of complaints are actually from loyal users that already purchased the iPhone version and have to buy the iPad version.
Here is a great and welcome addition to the iPad task management solutions. Taska is a well-thought out and very nicely designed task manager app. It offers refined and easy-to-use features which are quite amazing for this little app. One of the best features you get is the drag and drop task management feature.
The developers obviously thought a lot about how to make this a really good task manager.
Where the other iPad task managers have shortcomings, Taska fills those gaps. It is so nice and easy to use, with the drag-and-drop and the email sharing features. The other nice aspect of this app is that it’s all presented in a very easy to use way. There is nothing confusing here.
The only complaints with this app so far are the syncing issues between the iPad and iPhone version and some users complain that it is almost too simple. If you are looking for a good iPad task manager that is not quite Ominifocus but gets the job done, this is a good one to start with.
Well, if you can’t find any of the above apps interesting then this one should do the trick. Toodledo is not only one of the top rated iPad task management apps, it happens to also be perfectly priced for the number of features you get. It is a powerful task and note manager for both the iPhone and iPad. Another great feature is that you can sync it with Toodledo.com (one of the most popular online task managers).
Toodledo is flexible. You can use it as a traditional task manager or you can completely design your own system. This means you can keep things simple and add more complexity as you need it.
It was hard to find any significant complaints with this app. Users have rated it high due to it’s set of features and ability to customize. For the price of a Latte, you get your entire life organized!
So there are 6 iPad task management apps that will all help you stay organized and in-sync. It only takes a few minutes to get them set up and then you are well on your way. Once you do get one you like, make sure to use it each day and make sure to write everything down you can, even if it does not seem like a task it may end up being one and at least you got it off your mind.
What are your favorite task management apps?