Organize Yourself: Four Free Online Task Managers

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Four Ways to Help Yourself Get Organized: Online Task Managers

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Manage your to-do lists more effectively with my picks for the top four best to-do list managers on the Web. These lists are all simple to use, free to try, and can help you make your to-do lists more productive. 

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Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk is a fantastic online to-do list manager that gives you many options, including the ability to be reminded of your tasks via many different methods. A couple of particularly useful features include the ability to get reminded on any device: "Receive reminders via email, SMS, and instant messenger (AIM, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Skype and Yahoo! are all supported)"; as well as collaborating with other people in order to complete tasks: "Share, send and publish tasks and lists with your contacts or the world. Remind your significant other to do their household chores."

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Toodledo is a free online to-do list manager that gives you a ton of organizational options, such as folders, subfolders, due-dates, priorities, tags, contexts, goals, notes, time estimates, and more. One of the most useful features here is the ability to organize recurring tasks: "You can quickly choose a commonly used schedule (Daily, Weekly, etc) or customize it using our advanced options such as "Every Tue, Thur" or "The 1st Friday of each month".You can set the task to repeat from the due-date or completion date, and you can even make optional tasks that reschedule themselves automatically even if you don't complete them."

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Todoist is an extremely user-friendly to-list manager; you can use it to organize your lists as well as create calendars and sub-projects. It's also fully integrated into Gmail and other online productivity tools. One of the more useful features in this manager includes breaking tasks into smaller steps: "Achieve more by breaking big tasks into smaller sub-tasks (multi-level)", "get notified when important changes happen via emails or push notifications", and a very intriguing way to visualize your productivity with Todoist Karma, with which you can track your productivity and visualize your productivity trends over time.Real-time data synchronization across any device and multiple platforms, colored priority lists, detailed notes (with the ability to attached PDFs, spreadsheets, and photos) make this a truly versatile and powerful task manager. 

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If you're looking for a robust to-do list management site, Nozbe is right up your alley. You can make lists, prioritize projects and tasks, even work collaboratively.This management tool has all the features that are included in other task managers on this list, along with convenient integration into tools you might already be using: "To help you get organized quicker, Nozbe plays fantastically with your favorite apps, enabling you to use your current Evernote notes, Google or Microsoft Officedocuments, Dropbox or Box files... and many more as comments to your tasks or attachments to your projects. You can even sync Nozbe with Google Calendar orEvernote Reminders." Plus, if security is a concern for you (and it should be), privacy is made a top priority: "We take pride in our server infrastructure which we designed with customer data safety in mind. Our main data servers are located outside of the USA (NSA-safe!) - in the European Union. It is strict PCI-compliant (banking grade!). We perform multiple live backups over encrypted connections to several secure data centers to make sure we can offer uninterrupted service at all times."