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Five time and task management tools for road warriors

Staying organized can be extra challenging when you're on the go. Justin James suggest a few mobile apps to help you stay on top of things.

Managing your task list and your time is hard enough when you are tied to a desk all day, but what about professionals who are often on the go? Between using a small screen and never having more than a moment to work on administrative tasks, mobile professionals need their task and time management tools to work hard. Here are five tools to help you manage your tasks and time from mobile devices.

1: GoodTodo

GoodTodo is just about the easiest task manager you can find. Just send an email to them (or forward one from your inbox) using the date or day (such as "tomorrow") as the "to" email address, and it will automatically appear on your to-do list. Since so many of our tasks stem from emails, this is a great system. Simply forward a request and you are done! You can get a daily email reminder as well as use the GoodTodo online application (as well as mobile applications) to manage your tasks.

2: Remember The Milk

Remember The Milk is one of the most popular task management applications out there. It is available as an app for BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Android and as a Web application. It also integrates directly into Outlook, Gmail, and Google Calendar. If you are looking for one application that can work with as many different devices as possible, Remember The Milk is a good choice.

3: Microsoft Exchange, Google Calendar

Wait, Microsoft Exchange? Well, as it turns out, Exchange is the server to beat when it comes to email and calendars, and it does task management too. Not only does it work with Outlook, but every mobile platform out there integrates with Exchange in one way or another. And Outlook Web Access lets you get your email from a browser, too. Best of all? Your company probably already uses it and has it in place, and you've probably already integrated your phone to it. Along the same lines, Google Calendar is another excellent choice. Again, it's ubiquitously accessible from mobile devices and the Web, and many people are already using it anyway.

4: Xpert-Timer Mobile

Xpert-Timer Mobile takes task management to a whole new level and adds time tracking for projects. It can then sync with a desktop application, which can do things like generate invoices. In addition to time tracking, it can GPS stamp your entries, giving proof that you were where you say you were. This kind of functionality is a huge benefit to people who service multiple clients in a day and get paid on a time-spent basis, such as repair technicians and lawyers.

5: Timy

Basecamp is becoming quite popular as a project management system. Timy is an open source application that runs on a variety of desktop and mobile platforms and directly hooks into Basecamp to allow you to record your time and see your task list. If you use Basecamp as your project management software, Timy can be a good addition for when you are on the go.

About

Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

2 comments
Sam Bolton
Sam Bolton

I have found another mobile task management software - task management software from comindware. These guys have managed to do a great job and now you can keep everything under your control 24 hrs, no matter where you are. I also think that reporting in real time is another benefit of this software.

rad32
rad32

Great list Justin, these tools are very much useful for employees who are working from home. These tools can help you run online business effectively. Managing time effectively can help you do more work with less effort and time. I want also to share this tool Freshbooks that is also a time tracking tool with invoicing. It has a feature that you can access work hours through your mobile. I also found this blog that discusses some time tracking tools and its functions. http://www.timedoctor.com/blog/2010/07/25/how-is-time-doctor-different-than-rescue-time

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