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To-Do lists and task management apps can only go so far as list the things we want to accomplish, but sometimes these lists just go on forever. It took me a while to realize I needed to narrow down the time frame for completing my tasks, so I can focus on what I should be doing in the next few days.

I recently came across Weekplan, a minimalist app for planning tasks in weekly intervals. The app, inspired by the Seven Habits mantra, encourages you to sort and assign task priorities so you know what you need to focus on within a week’s time.

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Getting stuff done — that is, getting ALL your stuff done, and on time — is something we all struggle with, even with the bevy of productivity tools available to us on web and mobile platforms. And sometimes, having a long list of things to do seems more like a hurdle than a solution — which is perhaps why Brussels-based designer-developer Vincenzo Ruggiero decided to build an app that focuses on helping you clear your task list rather than fill it up, and it’s called Postpone.

Postpone is a new to-do list app that lets you schedule tasks for when you actually need to do them, instead of creating long lists that become impossible to tackle. Sporting a clean interface, a simple workflow and some neat collaboration features, Postpone is suitable for users who are new to productivity tools as well as those looking for a new way to wrangle their to-dos – but just how helpful is this app when it comes to actually getting things done? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

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It would be fair to say that, in the last year or so, email has entered something of a renaissance period. At one stage, not so very long ago, developers were concentrating their minds on how they could replace the decade-old electronic mail system. Now, though, most have realized that email isn’t going away any time soon, and their response has been to innovate with email clients.

The most prominent example of this has been Mailbox. Now owned by Dropbox, this iOS email app has shown one new way in which we can organize our huge flow of incoming messages. For those yet to encounter Mailbox’s basic concept, the sorting process in Mailbox is based upon priority, providing one-finger sorting into categories like Later and Important. Given that Mailbox had a one-million user waiting list during its private beta phase, this idea clearly appeals to many people – including those who don’t have an iPhone.

It is no doubt with some of these people in mind that Handle was created. Handle is more than just another way to access your inbox, though. Billed as a “Priority Engine,” this private beta provides task management, itinerary tracking and an email client all rolled into one.

But is this integrated approach helpful, or a recipe for confusion? Time for a test… (more…)

For the last fifteen years that we’ve been using email clients — webmail or desktop — the basic concepts and features remained the same. Anyone may have its own workflow to deal with emails and get things done, but almost everyone has to struggle with the same old, rigid logic provided by almost all clients on the market. However, we’re doing more and more with email these days than we did in the nineties. Something, it seems, needs to change.

The Kickstarter-funded Mail Pilot web app, still in beta, aims at redefining the way of dealing with emails. Let’s see how it might help you actually get things done.

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I have a to-do list system that works really well for me, and I’m quite content to stick with it. The only downside is that it’s not digital, so I have to have the to-do list with me at all times or I don’t know what I should be working on. It’s fine most of the time, but it can get annoying. Knowing this, I’m always glad to give a digital to-do list a shot – especially when it’s got a twist.

LazyMeter is a cool online to-do list that takes your tasks and organizes them into a playlist. Your main focus is the list of tasks you have just for the day, so you’re just focusing on what you need to do in the present. There are ways to add and keep track of scheduled and unscheduled future tasks as well – the scheduled tasks will appear on the day’s playlist as appropriate. That sure sounds like a unique twist on task management!

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It’s no secret that we here at AppStorm come across a bunch of new project management apps on a regular basis. There’s so many project management web apps, but then again, there’s so many ways of tackling project management and to-do lists that it’s hard to classify them all together. Because of this, it can be hard to find the best ones that aren’t just carbon copies of other popular apps already out there.

Some task and project management apps provide ways of making task management as simple as possible, others pack in a lot of features, and the one I’m looking at today provides a unique twist by defining the most relevant tasks for the day ahead. Enter, GoalStacker.

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It’s great that there’s a spectrum of task management web apps to help you get things done. Each of them offers a different approach and interface, so you can choose from a wide variety to find the app that works best for you. After all, everybody has their own way of working through their tasks and projects.

FacileThings is one of the new kids on the block and presents a fresh take on the GTD app category – it’s not just a to-do list. Developed by a dedicated team in Spain, FacileThings urges you to think about all the things you need to get done, organize and prioritize it all and then work through your tasks efficiently and effectively. If your time management has been completely out of whack and you’re looking to get a grip on things, this might be the way to do it. Let’s try it out, shall we? (more…)

It seems like every week we review a new task management/to-do list app here at AppStorm, and it’s easy to see why – everybody has trouble getting things done. And it’s no secret that things get even messier when you’ve to collaborate with people on tasks, whether it’s a software development project or planning a party. Does 2012 hold the answer to our productivity problems? You’ll have to try Sandglaz to find out.

In the sea of task management apps, Sandglaz prides itself on being the one you’ll use the least – and that’s a good thing. Foregoing a heavy interface, focusing on reduced time creating lists and yet not scrimping on features, this is an app that you can use for personal tasks, work projects or group activities.

There’s a free version as well as paid versions for individuals and teams. Most of you are probably already using a similar app – should you make the switch? Let’s take Sandglaz for a spin first.

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Every day, lots of new websites and apps are popping up around the internet with one sole purpose: to help the everyday person of today manage the things they need to do. These are often generally carbon copies of each other and by there being so many variations of the simple to-do app, it can be confusing for most of us to know which one to use.

A new contender in this field is Pegby. It takes its own unique stance on getting stuff done and offers a radically different type of system than has been seen in most other GTD apps that grace the internet. You can read on to find out more about this exciting app!

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Project management can be the hardest part of executing on your goals. Sometimes it’s easy to dream up the next big idea, but without the discipline to get things done, you are going to be left sitting around telling everyone that you meet about how you could have created the internet. For many, project management is at once personal (pick up flowers, take out the trash, etc.) and professional (file that invoice, draft new ideas).

Asana, the next big project from one of the team members at Facebook, is a free solution to managing your tasks as a team. Is it worth using, or is it a dud? Read on to find out.

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