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http://www.youtube.com/v/qrka_3jui8M&rel=0&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1 Doesn’t it figure that days after I became a Remember The Milk Pro user, Google graduates Tasks out of beta? Now my wallet is $25 lighter, but I think I’m more productive. The only part I’m debating is if I made the right move. Oh well […]

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Doesn’t it figure that days after I became a Remember The Milk Pro user, Google graduates Tasks out of beta? Now my wallet is $25 lighter, but I think I’m more productive. The only part I’m debating is if I made the right move. Oh well — even if it cost me $25, Remember The Milk Pro along with the iPhone app with support for pushing task reminders seems to be working. I also noticed that the iPhone web interface works better on my Palm Pre than the standard mobile view. Try http://i.rememberthemilk.com instead of http://m.rememberthemilk.com and you’ll see a huge difference.

Maybe I didn’t give Google’s Tasks a close enough look, but my solution is definitely working for me. Ultimately, that’s what the best task management system needs to do — work for you. I often get asked what task tool I use, so now it’s right back at you. What are you using? I’ve tried various solutions: OmniFocus, Things, RTM, Hiveminder, Google, and various GTD plugins. I really wanted something that was mostly platform independent and could easily be used on the web. How about you?

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  1. Have you tried ToodleDo (www.toodledo.com)? I converted from RTM, and it works quite well with implementing GTD.

    1. I am using Toodledo and it is quite usable… Although I would be even more happy if it can hide some UI elements; nevertheless the lower configurability is just a small issue. In general, it is a nice tool.

  2. Will Robertson Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Remember the Milk is excellent. I am about to renew my Pro account today.

  3. I agree with equationlab. Toodledo is widely supported and as good as RTM. It must be in the list.

    1. ToodleDo is excellent. One thing that I didn’t like about it, though, is the interface which can be a bit confusing and really isn’t particularly pretty.

  4. Project Pankaj Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    I dont think its fair to call Google tasks a “task management system”. More like a personal organizer. A full blown task management system requires group workspaces; a centralized group task management system which allows for scheduling of tasks, assignment of responsibilities and tracking progress; notifications which prompt participants at the right time; attached resources, discussions, graphic displays etc etc etc.

    1. Definitely a fair observation. By any chance, do you represent HyperOffice, which does offer task management? Your last two comments (under different names but same IP) have a link to HyperOffice. Since we’re talking about “fairness”, I thought I’d ask. ;)

    2. Actually, I have to disagree: what you’re described is a *team* task management system. For most people, that’s actually overkill.

    3. Hi Kevin,

      I do represent HyperOffice, which is why I added our link in the url field in the first place. My comment wasn’t promotional in any way was it? It was more my point of view, as someone at HyperOffice, knowing the “task management” domain somewhat more than others.

    4. Oh no prob to put a link to HyperOffice in your comment. I’m just a firm believer in transparency so it might be best to disclose the affiliation instead of just a link. I also questioned it because a prior comment left with a HyperOffice link was left under a different name, even though it was the same IP and email address. Again, it’s a transparency thing. No worries. :)

  5. Count me in for Toodledo as well! And GoPingMe makes a nice addition to it if you need their features as well.

    –Ken

  6. You should try nozbe.com !

  7. Toodledo for me to. I use tasks in Outlook, as a Google Gadget and on my iPhone.

    Toodledo is the only one I’ve found so far that keeps them all in sync.

  8. Lystie.com is a new solution for this old problem. The service is designed to handle both business and personal list management tasks, such as todo lists, project management, shopping lists, etc – all in an interface unburdened by too many doodads. We will be going into private beta shortly. Sign up on the home page for a beta invitation when we go live.

    1. Chris Ostermueller mikej165 Friday, November 20, 2009

      Still waiting on that beta six months later. Way to GTD

  9. One more for Toodledo! been using the free version for 9 months both on PC and Iphone.
    I find it more intuitive that RTM.
    Google task is a simple list tool.
    Plus there are plugins to display toodledo in Gmail and Google agenda
    _Oliver

  10. Hi,

    I am suprised you don’t have Outlook/Exchange on the poll as I am sure for a lot of people that will be their primary tool. After all it is highly likely it will what is on their business desktop.

    Martin

    1. Agreed. I thought that was a glaring ommission considering that many people associate task management with Outlook and I’ve never even heard of any of the other products on this list.

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