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Make the last three months of 2019 count by getting organised with these handy to-do list apps. 

It’s understandable that many of us are reluctant to trade in our trusty pen and paper for our phones when it comes to our to-do list, but if you’re yet to give digital organisation a try, you might want to see what you’re missing.

Besides the fact that digital organisation allows for endless amounts of storage, it’s also great for keeping your plans, ideas and to-dos backed up – compared to a paper copy which is at risk of being ruined by something as small as a water bottle spillage. 

Plus, many of today’s apps allow users to store their lists across multiple platforms, meaning you can co-ordinate all of your online tasks from one central hub.

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Even if you’re a self-confessed stationery addict, you shouldn’t knock these handy, easy-to-use apps until you try them. Here’s our pick of the six best to-do list apps to get you started. 

  • Actions by Moleskine

    Actions by Moleskine
    Best to-do list apps: Actions by Moleskine

    If you’re a Moleskine fan in the real world, this digital alternative should pique your interest. Actions by Moleskine is designed to make life easier: with its minimalist interface and easy-to-use system, you can sort all of life’s tasks into colour-coded categories with a few simple clicks.

    Plus, the “crossing off” action (you just swipe one of the tasks to the side) is so satisfying, you’ll be making up tasks just to complete them.

    Actions by Moleskine is available for free on iOS and Android.

  • Any.do

    Any.do
    Best to-do lists: Any.do

    Any.do comes with a slick calendar feature that lets you coordinate tasks across different platforms, for example Slack or Alexa. It also syncs your to-do list on an impressive roster of devices, including mobile, tablet and watch. The location-based reminder tool is a clever touch, as is the ability to add tasks via voice command.

    Any.do is available for free on iOS and Android.

  • Evernote

    Evernote
    Best to-do list apps: Evernote

    If you’re the kind of person who keeps scraps of to-do lists all over the shop, Evernote is your friend. This massively popular app will scan and collate your handwritten notes, alongside images, bookmarked web pages and snippets of audio. Chaotic debris is a thing of the past, with one central system that you can search in and sync at the swipe of a thumb. 

    Evernote is available for free on iOS and Android.

  • Focus To-Do

    Focus To-Do
    Best to-do list apps: Focus To-Do

    This neat daily planner lets you time each activity on your to-do list, so you can see at a glance where you’re frittering away precious minutes. If you want to plot your productivity with expert precision, try the app’s take on the Pomodoro technique, where you chip away at tasks in 25-minute chunks for optimum focus, with five minute breaks in-between. 

    Focus To-Do is available for free on iOS and Android.

  • Todoist

    Todoist
    Best to-do list apps: Todoist

    We’re big fans of delegation, and this app streamlines the process by letting you allocate shared projects to other people. You can also map out and prioritise goals, and highlight what’s important using a colour-code key. Review graphs are a nice way of measuring your progress, helping you to keep tabs on when you’re most productive in any given day/week.

    Todoist is available for free on iOS and Android.

  • Wunderlist

    Wunderlist
    Best to-do list apps: Wunderlist

    Simple and intuitive to use, Wunderlist is a favourite of harried professionals the world over. It creates checklists and tasks to deadlines, ordered into easily accessed folders that you can share with your partner/colleagues/ other people of note. The task comment feature lets you annotate on the move, and you can update your Wunderlist from email as well as directly in-app. 

    Wunderlist is available for free on iOS and Android.

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Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.

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