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Tasks, A Near-Perfect Astrid Clone, Now Features Themes, Google Task Sync And Tags

Android: It’s been a while since we checked in on Tasks, an open source clone of the gone-but-not-forgotten Astrid to-do app. Tasks has come a long way, too, and is even more powerful than ever — and still free for everyone to download and use.


The Super Simple Autofocus To-Do List

I’ve been using pen and paper for most of my organisation and to-do lists for the past six months. I’ve experimented with different analogue systems during that time, and tried things I made up myself to figure out what suits me best.

As I experiment, I always keep an eye out for any new ideas or systems that might work better for my workflow. I came across an analogue system recently that’s almost too simple, yet quite clever in some ways.


Paws Is A Mac App For Trello With Native Notifications

Mac: Trello is one of our favourite organisation tools, but one potential downside is the lack of a native desktop client. Paws jams Trello in a desktop app for Mac, complete with notifications and a handful of keyboard shortcuts.


Manage Your Priorities, Not Your Time, To Get The Important Work Done

Your to-do list is crammed full and you only have so many hours in the day. How can you ever get it all done? For starters, stop trying to figure out how to fit everything in. Instead, focus on the high-priority tasks that matter.


Swap Your To-Do List For A 'Break List' To Get More Done

To-do lists keep track of tasks we have to do, but they hardly ever provide actual motivation. A small tweak to your productivity method can solve that problem pretty quickly. All you need to do is start maintaining a “break list” instead, and you’ll find yourself more eager to get things done.


Keep A Rolling Grocery Or To-Do List On A Butcher Paper Roll

If you want a simple, cheap way to keep a grocery or to-do list in your kitchen, or wherever else, try a roll of the ever useful butcher paper.


The Case For Checking Email First Thing In The Morning

Email can be a distracting time sink for any office worker. But sometimes, it’s best to get it out of the way. Over at Harvard Business Review, contributor Dorie Clark makes the case for checking email first thing in the morning.


Schedule A Mid-Day Check-In With Yourself To Make The Most Of The Day

Setting aside time for a weekly review is a great way to make sure you’re on track with all your projects, but it helps to do the same with a quick mid-day check-in. This way you can make sure you spend the afternoon on the tasks that really need your attention, and not just putting out fires.


3 Wins Challenges You To Stick To Three Simple Tasks Or Habits Every Day

iOS: With all the little tasks you have to accomplish every day, sometimes it helps to keep things simple. 3 Wins challenges you to complete three basic tasks every day.


I Still Use Plain Text For Everything, And I Love It

Plain text has long been a favourite here at Lifehacker, but over the years most people have moved away from it in favour of specialised to-do apps, notes apps, writing apps or whatever else. I still use plain text for just about everything, but never thought much about why I do. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that snazzy features aside, plain text is still king for portability and simplicity.


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