3 Apps To Help Organize Your Life

I have a love/hate relationship with to-do lists.

On the one hand, if there's something I need to remember and I don't write it down, it's not getting done. I have the memory of a goldfish sometimes, it's terrible.

On the other hand, there are times when I get into a "to-do list" frenzy and list an entire page of various tasks of various (or no) importance, just for the sake of doing something. And then my to-do list essentially becomes that one random junk drawer that never gets cleaned out. We all have that drawer.

I now use these three apps to organize the chaos in my brain: one for large project management, another for brainstorming ideas, and the last for more basic task management.

1. Asana

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Kicking off this listicle is Asana.

I use Asana for large project management. Asana allows you to create either a List (like a word document) or a Board (like a wall of sticky notes) to visualize your project. I mostly stick to the List layout, but the Board layout is awesome if you need to visualize each step in the process.

Asana has robust collaborative features as well, which is why huge companies like Google, Uber, and Salesforce rely on it so heavily. You can assign tasks to other people, attach files to projects or tasks, create conversations in each task to stay on topic, and there's even a Dashboard feature that shows you how much you've completed in a particular project.

Asana is totally free for everyone and small teams of up to 15 people. The insane amount of features may seem a little overwhelming at first, but stick with it and Asana will become your go-to project management tool.

2. MindMeister

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Ever get an idea and want to brainstorm ways to make that idea happen?

MindMeister is perfect for you.

This is a robust mind mapping platform that allows you to do one thing really, really well: create mind maps.

Being able to visualize all of the different aspects of an idea can help boost our creativity. By using mind maps, we are able to see how all of the small details add up to the whole, 

I use MindMeister for both my personal brand and for my business. For example, let's say I want to increase customer engagement in my business. There are many different things that can impact the level of engagement or loyalty a customer has with my business, such as the frequency and quality of their communication with my staff, their personal experience when they walk into my business, and whether they are taking advantage of all of the complimentary services my business offers. Mind maps show all the different parts that contribute to customer engagement, which help me to narrow down to the things that could use the most attention.

MindMeister is available on all platforms, and syncs across your devices. For the basic plan, you get 3 free mind maps, which is all I need. If you upgrade though, there are some great benefits, such as being able to collaborate with others on a mind map, or exporting your map to PDF to print.

If you're creativity has hit a slump, try this app out. It may give you the spark you need.

3. Wunderlist

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And finally we have Wunderlist.

At its core, Wunderlist is a simple to-do list platform which can be accessed on all mobile devices or computers. I use Wunderlist for tasks that aren't really part of a big project, or for recurring tasks like paying bills or doing payroll.

You can create as many lists as you want, such as errands, grocery list, work tasks, etc. From there you can organize these lists into folders for even MORE organization. Hell yeah.

Each task that you enter offers you an additional level of functionality. You can add smaller sub-tasks to a task, set due dates and times, schedule reminders for tasks, assign tasks to other users, or create a conversation within a task using comments.

Oh, and you can attach files to your tasks.

If you're still not convinced that Wunderlist is everything your phone has been missing, then consider this: Wunderlist can sync with Google Calendar so that if you put a due date on a task it will appear on your schedule.

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Now go forth, and get shit done.


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