Write it down

Manage your life with this unique to-do list's new take on an old mnemonic.

To-do lists has become so essential to so many people's lives that they've actually evolved into their own category of software. Power To-Do List from Five O'clock Software is a fine example of the species. It lets you group your tasks in eight different views, including Next Actions and Tasks by Project, Importance, and Due Date; All Tasks by "Context," and more. What sets it apart from other time-management tools is its underlying concept. It's based on David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) method, which essentially takes the commonsense notion that writing things down helps you remember them and turns it into a management tool for the digital age.

Power To-Do List's colorful interface is functional and sports clearly labeled controls, with plenty of assistance available for new users. This program's mission is to bring order and organization to your life, so it's designed to be as easy as possible to install, set up, and use. Most of Power To-Do List's features resemble those found on similar products, naturally, since they all do essentially the same job in various ways. For instance, it's got a reminder feature, specialized search capabilities, and the capability to generate reports. It has a few unique features--one of which is called the Brain Dump. It's a handy quick-notes feature that lets you jot down anything you need to remember and then prompts you to attach it to a project so you can find it later. It's a big improvement on the traditional tool, the back of an envelope.

We've seen it all when it comes to time-management software. The unique-but-practical approach taken by Power To-Do List sets it apart from the crowd, though. If you've ever written something down so that you wouldn't forget it, you've already grasped this handy tool's basic concept. Keeping it all in order is its job.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Power To-Do List 1.25. The trial version is limited to 15 days only.

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