5 Best Apps for Time Management

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It's nothing short of amazing, how time just seems to slip away. Some days it seems you've hardly gotten started when bedtime rolls around. Getting a grip on your time management takes diligence and commitment, but helpful resources are as close as your mobile device. With the right app, you'll be rocking that to-do list in no time.

Your Lists Lite

1. Keeping It Simple

Managing your time effectively can be as simple or as comprehensive as you choose to make it. If all you need is a straightforward tool to keep your thoughts and goals organized, then Your Lists Lite might be all the app you need. It couldn't be easier to use. Just make a list for everything you want to keep track of, from today's goals to tomorrow's grocery list. Build separate lists for your goals each day, or for longer-term aspirations over a period of years. Aside from its usefulness in managing your day, it saves you fumbling for paper and pencil—or another app—when you want to make lists of any kind. That's also good time management.

Daily Task Tracker 2

2. Answer To Yourself

If you need a little more structure and accountability in your planning process, but still want to keep things simple, Daily Task Tracker 2 might be more your speed. Its clean, uncluttered interface makes it easy to enter tasks on your to-do lists for the day, week or month, and then mark them off as they're completed. Each task can be assigned a color-coded category, so you can tell at a glance whether it's for home, work, school or anything else.

SquareHub

3. Keep It in the Family

Any app that invites you to build a detailed schedule, but doesn't include your family, is leaving out a big part of the picture. You all affect each other's plans and routine for the day, and a really good time management tool will take that into account. That's what makes SquareHub special. You can share calendars and to-do lists with the rest of your family, so everyone knows what's going on at all times. You'll have all the convenience of online social networks, such as Facebook, without exposing your family's business to the public eye. Aside from using SquareHub to organize your days, it's also a useful tool for messaging and sharing photos between family members.

Any.do

4. The Whole Enchilada

When you're really, really serious about getting your life focused and under control, you need an app that lets you combine your personal life, family life and work into one easy-to-use interface. For millions of people, that one app is Any.do. You can enter items into your lists though typing, speaking or simply dragging and dropping, and Any.do will sync all of your lists, notes and activities seamlessly across your devices. You can collaborate with your workgroup, kids or rec-league teammates with equal ease, and rely on Any.do's reminders to keep you on track. You'll wonder how you ever got by without it.

Time Machine

5. The Single Focus

Of course, time management means different things to different people. Sometimes, all you need is a simple tool not to record what you want to do, but what you actually have done. That's especially so for freelancers, or anyone else who gets paid for billable time. If that's you, Time Machine is an app worth making time for. It has a very simple interface, with lists of your Clients—which, of course, could include "spouse," "kids," or "Mom"—and Projects, and Tasks. It'll keep track of the time you spend on each, and can help you calculate your earnings based on hourly rates. You can back up and restore your database, for safety's sake, and export your data in CSV format for use in a separate spreadsheet or accounting program.

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