Effective task master

Prioritize your tasks with this helpful tool that integrates with Outlook and several time management systems.

Stress can be alleviated, say the gurus at TROG Bar, if we understand that it isn't the result of being too busy, but instead from trying to manage (and actively remember) all of our tasks all at once. With that in mind, the TROG Bar presents a flexible system to keep your tasks organized and offers you help getting the most from the program.

TROG Bar (which, by the way, is short for Total, Relaxed Organization Guru) integrates nicely with Microsoft Outlook and can work in conjunction with several popular task management systems such as Franklin Covey and Getting Things Done (although these additional systems are not necessary). Just plug in what you need to remember in TROG Bar (or Microsoft Outlook, once you have installed TROG Bar), the priority you place on that particular task, and the corresponding dates, and TROG Bar will remember, remind and prioritize via the handy TROG Bar sidebars. The sidebars give you at-a-glance information for completed and open tasks and are easy to follow.

Much like the animated assistant Microsoft offers, TROG Bar has a Neolithic cartoon coach to help you. Even if you aren't enamored of this approach, we suggest you permit this feature to get the most from the program.

TROG Bar is moderately priced, and offers the standard 30-day trial period for evaluation. If you need help staying on top of everyday tasks, this flexible tool can help.

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