Even Apple’s Calendar and Reminders are decent ways to manage tasks, and they synchronize nicely through the free iCloud service.
In much of life you get what you pay for, and a few dollars more gets you plenty of additional task management options in the cleverly named Todo app. The keys to understanding the value of todo list apps and task managers are twofold.
First, you need the discipline necessary to use whatever system you’ve chosen. Second, you need a task management system that can grow beyond just a list with an alert (which Calendar and Reminder already do).
There’s not much difference between a todo list, a task manager, and project management. After all, todo items are tasks, and tasks are combined to create a project.
Todo does all that in a gentle learning curve from simple tasks to a project which is filled with tasks. Start with lists of todo items or tasks. Then assign a due date, and add an alert. The Todo interface is self explanatory.
Scheduling todo items is drag and drop. Projects can be setup with Checklist (think of them as sub-tasks). Todo even does GTD with support for both Contexts and Tags, and each item can be repeating, and have multiple reminders.
And everything syncs up nicely with the Todo app for iPhone and iPad.
Todo is well balanced and very simple to use to get started with basic todo items (tasks). As you add more items and have a need to bunch tasks into a small project, Todo handles the extras with ease. It syncs with iCloud, Dropbox (for iPhone and iPad, or other Macs), and Wi-Fi (I haven’t tested either Wi-Fi or Todo Pro).
To be fair about using Todo, there was a period a year ago where stability was an issue on the Mac version; buggy, if you will. Recent updates seemed to have cleared up a backlog of issues, and I’m pleased with how it works. It’s nice to know that changes or additions to the iPhone app show up on the Mac within minutes.