Overview of the best task managers for iPhone

On any professional training, say that proper distribution of free time is the key to productive work. Despite the fact that modern world there are many different systems for time management, not everyone is purposefully organizes own time.

Why? Many people find it difficult to get used to the need to regularly introduce new tasks, sort them by priority level and monitor the relevance of the list, so any task-Manager it seems inconvenient for them. We decided to sort out this problem and try to find the best task planner for iPhone.


It would be correct to start this collection with the most classic, to some extent, the reference task-Manager — Things. The German company Cultured Code released it about four years ago, on the day of release the App Store and iOS 2.0. Since then, a host of interesting opponents, but Things continues to enjoy good popularity among iPhone owners. What is the cause of success? Let everything in order.

Things boasts two key advantages — simple interface and possibility of distribution of tasks according to specific filters. Things you can’t call a minimalist app, however, in contrast to complex tools like OmniFocus, any novice can start the program and immediately start adding tasks. This is done by using the plus icons in the lower left corner.

When adding a new task you can assign it to a specific project, attach the tags and set a completion date. If you do not specify these settings in direct input, the task goes to Inbox.

Things the developers tried to design the app so that unimportant tasks do not distract the user’s attention, while not forgotten and easily were. For this there is a convenient search and several sorting options — tags, notes, projects, favorites.

When approaching the completion Tasca in front of him lights up the red flag. Similarly yellow color is highlighted in the task, added to favorites. When you’re finished performing a task, just touch the corresponding square. Of course, you can remove the task from the list — it’s enough to hold your finger to the right on the line and press the “Delete”button.

In the settings of Things you can include task synchronization in the cloud (between the desktop version for OS X and iPad), activate the ability to add new tasks via Siri, change the settings for notifications, tags, and so on.


Clear appeared in the App Store early last year and launched a wave of similar applications with gesture control and minimalist interface (hi to people in the queue to Mailbox). Many users are so used to the boring interfaces with unnecessary buttons and panels, a revolutionary design Clear — like a breath of fresh air for them.

Despite the absence of any controls in the traditional sense of the word, to use Clear rather convenient and pleasant. For example, to add a new task to the list, or “pull” your finger from the top down, or to push two lines, or just to touch the empty area.

All the gestures are clearly demonstrated in the official promo video from the developer, so we will not dwell on them.

It is clear that in the framework of such a simplified interface it is impossible to elegantly implement any filters or tags, so we have chosen the most simple variant — tasks are assigned to specific lists, which you create in unlimited quantities.

In settings Clear you can change the colour styling of the program (there is an option specifically for blondes), to enable cloud sync via iCloud, notifications, sound effects.


Before we left the topic of simplified task managers, I propose to look at a promising task scheduler with the strange name — Any.DO. Interestingly, the program initially appeared on the Android platform and thanks to an interface in the first days gained popularity among users “green robot”. However, considerable success has contributed to not only a beautiful design, but also free distribution of Any.DO. Version of the app for iPhone made its debut last summer and got a list of the best programs of the past year by Apple (given the huge competition in the App Store, quite a feat).

Any.DO is a cross between Clear and Things. The program does not overload the user with unnecessary knobs and switches, it is able to sort tasks by time, and folders.

When adding a task, you can set the time of completion or tie it to a specific location. By the way, to unlock the last feature, the developers need to send to all contacts (spam) message about how you like Any.DO. In the course of the test revealed a little trick — at the input stage of the text message, you can return to the previous screen, and the function of heapsize will automatically become available.

As you can see from the screenshots, Russian localization in Any.DO made at a fairly low level. Fortunately, you can easily switch to English interface in the settings. Otherwise, no major weaknesses have been identified.

Any.DO in the App Store (free)

Many people like to divide daily tasks into two types — to do something (e.g. write a story) and to be somewhere (say, in a meeting with the Manager). For this they use various programs such as task lists and calendars, respectively. This approach of time management has its advantages and disadvantages, one of which is to constantly choose which category to place a particular task.

Fantastical elegantly solves this problem. This program combines elements of traditional task Manager with calendar app.

Home screen Fantastical is divided into two panes — in the bottom of the screen shows your upcoming tasks, and on top are the number of calendar with her.

A key feature of Fantastical is the intelligent recognition of “living” speech. In other words, you can write command like “Coffee with Chris tomorrow from 6 to 7”, and Fantastical will automatically pick up all the necessary data from the proposal and create a new task with the appropriate parameters.

The speech recognition feature is quite convenient in everyday use, but it requires fluent English and some time getting used to. To count on the support of the Russian language is not necessary.

Advanced iOS users probably know that the system Reminders app has the ability to bind tasks to specific geolocation. The problem is that Apple does not allow you to manually enter the address or select a point on the map, the location shall be attached to the contact. This creates a number of inconveniences when you, say, need a reminder to buy groceries at the store — it will have to create a separate contact.

Comes to the aid of the program Checkmark. You can easily add multiple locations using your current location or the map.

The panel at the bottom of the screen allows you to switch between tabs and a Checkmark, respectively, to create two types of problems — linked to a specific location or time.

Back to the question posed in the beginning of the article — what is the task scheduler for iPhone is better? We thought long and hard about this and came to the conclusion that it is impossible to answer this question. Task managers are closely associated with the workflow and habits of a particular user, so any recommendation would be purely subjective. The author of the article, for example, like Clear.

How we managed to ensure that each program has its advantages and disadvantages, features and functions that set them apart from the competition. If you are tired of traditional interfaces, try Any.DO or Clear. If you are going to actively use a task Manager and sort tasks by filters, pay attention to Things. If you are fluent in English and love calendars, you will approach the Fantastical. If you like the idea of binding a task to a location, choose Checkmark. Finally, if all the apps seem to be too simple, try OmniFocus. And about the Reminder system should not be forgotten, the program is quite solidly to cope with the stated functions.

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