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Best to-do list managers

todoHere’s a test: Ask someone how things are going? Chances are they’ll say something like “fine, but busy.” We are all busy and our to-do lists keep getting longer! But the right to-do list can make all the difference. Here are three of my favorite task managing apps to help you take control of your to-do list.

The task-managing app that I’ve been most impressed with lately is called Any.do for the iPhone/Apple platform and Android devices. It’s really a family of apps to run all aspects of your life…your calendar, your to-do list and even a planner to help prioritize where you need to be and what you need to do when you need to do it. It lets you keep separate personal and work managers. And it’s totally free.

Ah, but some of us need a bit more help. That’s where the Hassle Me app for Apple and Android comes in. This app does just that: It hassles you until you get your tasks done. Enter the task and then it reminds you at whatever time interval you set until you get it done. Yeah it’s a nag. But it works. And it’s free.

One more. Wunderlist is all-platform and has a basic free version. But for full functionality, pay $4.99 for the pro version. It does all the things a good task manager should do but also lets you work and plan with others, collaborating on projects and sharing lists.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.