There's nothing more satisfying than making a checklist. For some (fairly explicable) reason, the act of writing something down and emphatically crossing it off gives a real sense of achievement.
The problem is that if - like me - you have the memory of a goldfish, you'll completely forget a task if there's no pen and paper at hand to write it down immediately. Once you realize that you've got a pen and paper substitute glued to your hand in the form of an iPhone, you'll recognize the merits of a task manager.
Task apps for iPhone make it infinitely simpler to keep track of, prioritize, and complete your most-pressing tasks. When it comes to work - where task lists can be miles long - it's important to not only remember what you need to get done but also have the option to collaborate with coworkers to ensure that you're on top of your projects and tasks.
Below is a list of the best task apps for iPhone. All of these task managers can be accessed from the web to ensure that whether you're at home, on the bus, or in the office, you'll never miss a task.
Asana is one of the best task managers on the web, and its iPhone app is just as handy for checking off your timeliest tasks. As a team task and collaboration solution, Asana's iPhone app lets you create tasks, set up reminders, and prioritize tasks based on what needs to get done first. You can organize your tasks by projects or groups to keep track of their progress as well as assign tasks to other team members.
Because it's good for teams, it's also got some handy collaboration features that let you comment on tasks, share feedback on projects, and share images.
Pricing: The Asana app is free and can be accessed with a Basic Asana account, which is free for up to 15 members. Thereafter, prices start from $8.33 per user per month based on the number of users.
Projectplace is a project management solution with a focus on task management, especially when it comes to its iOS app. It has a system of cards that'll give you an overview of tasks and let you sort through, create, and manage personal tasks as well as group tasks.
Besides managing tasks, you can also share Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations as well as access these apps from within Projectplace to make edits. Its collaboration features also let you comment on and communicate with other members of the team and get updates about projects or tasks.
Pricing: Projectplace is free for basic task management, which includes access to its iOS app and supports one project and up to five team members. Upgrading to the Pro Plan will cost you $49 a month for 10 team members and 3 active projects, with an additional $5 per user per month.
Evernote may be better known as an organizational tool, but its iOS app is perfect as a task manager with a bit more to offer. As far as a task app for iPhone goes, you can create checklists, set up reminders, and add photos or documents to make sure that you have everything to stay on top of your to-do list. Beyond that, you can use it collaboratively with your team and annotate pictures in shared projects, create agendas and presentations, and take notes during meetings in text, audio, video and sketch format, among others.
A few bonus features: You can scan documents with the camera feature and them store in Evernote, sync seamlessly across devices, and add a passcode to the app itself for more security on your device.
Pricing: The Basic version of Evernote is free, as is the iOS app, which is perfect if you're looking for a task manager. If you're looking to include multiple team members, you can use Evernote for Business, which starts at $10 per month per user.
Trello is a classic when it comes to organizing your tasks using cards and boards, making its iOS offering one of the best task apps for iPhone. With each Trello board you create, you can add tasks and move them along as you complete them. Within each card, you can also add separate checklists for any related subtasks. It's especially handy to get an overview of the status of projects or tasks as well as who's assigned to them.
It's image-friendly cards make for one of the nicest apps to use, and it's drag-and-drop features are the best for moving along the status of a project.
Pricing: Trello's iOS app and web app are free. You can upgrade to the Business version for $8.33 per user per month for additional features.
If you're looking for a bare-bones solution, Todoist is one of the best task apps for iPhone that'll take care of both your business and personal needs. It's quite simple: Create lists, complete tasks, and check them off. If you want to get a bit more fancy about it, you can add labels, filters, color code tasks, and write notes. You can even add location-based reminders to your tasks.
For work, you can collaborate with your team using shared lists, which let you have conversation-like streams on images or uploads.
Pricing: Like many others on the list, Todoist has a free version that includes its iOS app, but if you're looking for something more, you can try the Business version for $3 per month per user.
Wunderlist is another classic to-do list and task manager. A more traditional design inspired by the "original" paper checklist makes it easy to create tasks with notes, cross them off once they're completed, and categorize them into folders based on the project or group of tasks.
Reminders, shared lists, and recurring tasks, as well as the ability to attach files to notes and prioritize work with starred tasks, are all a staple of Wunderlist.
Pricing: Wunderlist is free. The Pro versions costs $4.99 a month, while the Business version will run you $4.99 per user per month or $49.99 per user for the entire year.
Check out our complete list of task management apps for iPhone.