Getting Organized in the New Year with Your iPhone

December 31, 2009 in Productivity (E)

[] Fishers, Indiana - Every year getting organized is one of the top New Year's resolutions made. For some, that will mean cleaning out a closet, or straightening a garage. Others though, need to organize their life, not their home. If you're one of those people, and you carry an iPhone, it can be just the tool to help bring some organization back to your life. We'll be looking at two iPhone apps that you can use to store your To Do list and start off the new year right.

First up, we look at Listmaker, a general purpose list manager. Listmaker is has a clean, minimalist feel that keeps it easy to use. Each entry in Listmaker contains only a title, a note, and a due date. The nice thing about Listmaker, though, is that it can be used to hold more than just your To Do list.

Because you can create multiple lists (and even nested sublists), you can keep one list for your To Do items, another for your grocery list, and yet another for that checklist you use every time you pack for a business trip. Best of all, you can share entire lists with others. If you're sending your husband out for groceries and you keep your shopping list in Listmaker, you can email the entire list to him, notes and all. You can get more information from the Listmaker homepage, or it can be bought from the App Store for a $2.99 USD.

For those that want to get a little more in depth with their personal organization, the Getting Things Done (GTD) system is a popular choice. If GTD is your preferred way to stay organized, then you may want to get a copy of Action Lists task manager for your iPhone. Action Lists was designed especially for the Getting Things Done methodolgy and has lots of little features that help you be more productive with it. Action Lists helps you keep your project and context lists, as well as an Inbox where you can place quick notes until you can sort through them later.

Action Lists also has a unique tab bar interface that makes it easy to access your GTD lists. You won't have to wade through multiple levels of menus just to get to a home screen. The best thing about Action Lists, though, is that it syncs with Toodledo, a free web application for storing tasks. Through Toodledo, you can sync all of the tasks that you have stored in Action Lists with your desktop PC. For more information, visit the Action Lists homepage. Action Lists is available in the App Store for $9.99 USD.

Your iPhone can be a powerful tool for getting organized. You already carry it with you, all it takes is the right apps to help you organize your life. Whether you want to go the simple and minimalist route with Listmaker, or with a full blown GTD solution like Action Lists, your iPhone can help you turn over a new leaf and enter the new year ready for anything.

Daze End Software is a small independent software company dedicated to making excellent productivity software for mobile markets. Based in Fishers, IN, Daze End Software currently has four products including Action Lists, its flagship product for Getting Things Done on the iPhone; and Listmaker, a more lightweight software solution for simple "to do" lists, grocery lists, and other general list making on the iPhone. Copyright (C) 2009 Daze End Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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