If you find Apple’s offerings to be somewhat anemic and sophomoric, here’s a better solution that runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s called GoodTask and it’s a couple of levels up from Apple’s offerings (Reminders, Notes, Calendar); more functionality, still easy to setup and use.
My philosophy regarding such apps is simple. I recommend what I use, or what I like, to family, friends, co-workers, knowing the obvious issues with helpful support. GoodTask is one of those apps.
What you get is a well designed task manager app that at first has the look and feel of a Reminders app with more features. In fact, if you’ve been using Reminders, those reminders will integrate into GoodTask. You set the time and date for tasks to be accomplished or to work on the task, including priority.
Tasks lists can be merged which makes it easy to manage projects (which, after all, are nothing more than a bunch of tasks to accomplish a single goal). A single glance displays calendar events so you’ll know which tasks are coming up and which have been completed.
GoodTask manages recurring tasks just like in Reminders and Calendar but with more options, including specific days of a month, or the second Saturday of a month. Of course, every entry can be tagged for easier search. You’ll like the Menubar Quick View so you can check on upcoming tasks from within any Mac app (and there’s a Notification Center Widget).
The iPhone and iPad version works similarly and the layout is pure iOS 8 (light and flat, like OS X Yosemite) and has a free version to try out first (with an in-app purchase to upgrade).
GoodTask is an app that must be tried to be appreciated, and the developer has provided a try-before-you-buy version you can download for the Mac. The only problem I’ve run into, and it’s sporadic, is the cloud sync between devices. Sometimes it fast and the sync is perfect. Other times the sync seems to take an hour.
One more plus is the Apple Watch extension which gives you a quick glance at upcoming tasks. Like all task manager and todo list apps, the try-before-you-buy is important, and GoodTask should be tried if you find Calendar and Reminders to be a bit anemic.