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Take It Easy

Posted September 21, 2006
Last month when I wrote about a cool online to-do-list manager called Remember the Milk, a lot of people asked me if I could suggest a to-do-list application that isn't Web-based — i.e., a nice little piece of software that "lives" right on your computer and isn't dependent on your being constantly connected to the Internet. Because I'm a bit of a to-do obsessive, I've tested way too much of this sort of software recently, and now I'm happy to recommend EasyTask Manager, a clever, easy-to-use, cleanly designed to-do-list manager that works on both PCs and Macs. The best thing about it is that it uses the Getting Things Done (GTD) system, which not only lets you parse tasks by "project" name (e.g., "Home," "Bills," "Vacation Planning") but also allows you to assign a "context" to each task — for instance, "Computer" for everything you can get done at your computer (whether it's paying your bills or planning your vacation) or "Errands" for things you'll do out of your home (it's very easy to print out lists). Getting Things Done is sort of a cultish religion for hyper-organized people, and EasyTask Manager is the best computer-based way I've found to use the GTD system to, well, get things done.

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