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5 Cloud Based Task Management Tools to Boost Your Productivity

by Team Harpoon in Business Tips

As a freelancer, you juggle an enormous amount of tasks throughout the day. It's hard to keep track of the demanding client who needs everything as soon as possible, the paperwork you're handling for sub-contractors, and heading to the office supply store to pick up necessary office equipment. Instead of keeping it all in your head, consider a cloud based task management tool. The cloud-based nature of these tools gives you access to your tasks no matter where you are, and they give you a way to keep track of everything you accomplish throughout the day.

Wunderlist is a basic task management and to-do list application that allows you to make multiple to-do lists, add reminders, and create tasks with detailed information. Wunderlist also has a paid pro tier that adds in sub-tasks, sharing tasks to other workers, and emailing and printing your task lists. The companion app has an easy interface that syncs your tasks between your computer and the phone or tablet.

Remember the Milk is a basic task management app with wide support through the website, their Android, iOS, and Blackberry apps, as well as integration with Outlook, Twitter, Evernote, Gmail, and Google Calendar. You get reminders through text, email, or instant messenger to stay on top of your to-do list. You also have the option of sharing your tasks and managing these tasks offline.

Google Tasks is a great service if you already rely heavily on Gmail or Google Calendar in your day to day workflow. It adds a task list to Gmail that's easily accessible, allows you to import tasks into Google Calendar, and converts emails into tasks to streamline the task management process.

Toodledo is a full featured task management application that provides fine tune organization for your tasks, hotlists that determine the highest priority tasks, filters to look at only a specific set of tasks, a scheduler that helps you plan out your day, and alarms to keep you on point.

Producteev is a good solution if you need to set tasks lists for more than simply yourself, but you don't need a full blown project management software. This app allows you to create projects and teams and assign tasks with due dates, notes, progress trackers, and activity streams to keep a big picture view of the task completion process.

No matter which tool you work with, having a dedicated place to dump and organize your tasks can go a long way in helping you to stay productive. Cloud-based tools can be ideal with today's connected world, where we are nearly always in front of a tablet, computer, or phone. 

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