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Top 5 Free List and Task Management Tools

Today’s fast-paced work environment demands breakneck productivity, but keeping up with all the tasks you have to complete in a single day – let alone a week or month – can prove to be an arduous task in itself.

Enter list and task management software. These tools aim to make it easy to keep track of everything you have to get done, so you can quickly review your agenda and ensure you’re staying on-target for your goals. The only problem is that there are so many list and task management tools it’s difficult to know which is best for you.

Below, I’ve listed my top five free list and task management tools, as well as a recommendation for which type of person each is best suited for.

1. Producteev

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This robust task management tool is devoted to social productivity. It lets you create teams, delegate tasks, build a network, and track and manage projects and their individual tasks for free. Best for small businesses that need to collaborate with others.

2. Todoist

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This task management tool is feature-rich, but it provides a super-simple user interface that makes it quick and easy to break down projects into tasks and track your progress. One cool feature is its productivity “Karma,” which measures how much you’re getting done and compares your productivity against your past behavior. Best for people who want a light, clean and easy-to-use task management tool.

3. Trello

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Trello is unique among task management tools because it allows you to list and track anything. That means it isn’t necessarily restricted to the work environment. Sure, you can track tasks related to that direct-mail postcard campaign, but you can also track potential family vacation ideas. Best for anyone who wants ultimate options and flexibility.

4. DropTask

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DropTask is a powerful tool that includes robust task management and collaboration features. It differs from other tools because it has a heavy focus on visual presentation, so you can tell where you stand at a glance. Best for those who are more visually driven and like to see data represented visually.

5. Wunderlist

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One of the most popular list and task management tools on the web, Wunderlist allows you to track anything – from work-related projects to grocery lists – and collaborate with anyone. Best for those who want to organize every aspect of their lives.

What’s your favorite list and task management tool? Let us know and leave a comment.

About the Author

Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company. Follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint.


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2 Responses to 'Top 5 Free List and Task Management Tools'

  1. Diana says:

    I love such lists – job well done, Brian! :-)

    I have tried a couple of the tools you listed – my all time favorites are Basecamp, teambox (now called redbooth) and smartsheets! Thy are more project management tools than just tasks management but it counts, i think.

    On a side-note – why don’t these tools include a demonstration of their platforms? I wanted to check all of the tools you listed in this post – but only droptask had shown in a video what the platform is about. The rest – i have to sign up to test it hands-on. Well, sorry – you lost me right there and then.

    The platform needs to make the extra effort to convince me (your potential user) they are worth the shot – don’t you agree? :-)

    • Lisha says:

      Hey Diana, so true! If a company wants you to use their product, they should probably explain how exactly it works, right? :)

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