Ready reminders

Manage your to-do list on the go with this elegant program.

Sometimes the programs we end up liking the best are the ones that aren't particularly innovative or exciting, but that simply do one thing and do it in a commonsense, elegant way. Efficient To-Do List Free Portable is just such a program. This portable application makes it easy to keep track of your tasks and set reminders without adding a bunch of useless bells and whistles.

The program's interface is sleek and intuitive, reminding us of recent versions of Microsoft Office products. In the dialog for creating new tasks you enter a subject, comments, start and due dates, status, and level of completion. You can also specify each task's priority level and add custom labels to tasks. Tasks can be scheduled to recur on specific days of the week or at intervals ranging from daily to yearly. You can assign custom sounds to each alert. The list of tasks can be ordered by subject, start date, due date, status, level of completion, or priority, making it easy to re-sort your tasks and focus on whatever is most pressing. The program also has some advanced search features that let you find tasks quickly no matter how long your list is. We couldn't get the built-in Help file to load any content, but this wasn't a huge problem; everything about the program was easy to figure out. As its name implies, Efficient To-Do List Free Portable is small enough to fit on a USB drive, making it easy to keep your to-do list with you wherever you go. Overall, we think that this program is a great choice if you need a flexible, intuitive way to manage your tasks.

Efficient To-Do List Free Portable comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction.

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