I have long gone back and forth on trying to find something that works for what I call TERN (Tasks, Email, Reminders, and Notes). Because I run Windows 99% of the time and I own an iPhone, I’m at a frustrating cross roads when it comes to native apps that can be on both my Windows machine and work decently enough on my iPhone. So, almost immediately OmniFocus is out. Beautiful app, tried it, liked it, but don’t want to be on my phone for everything related to it.
Remember the Milk, I know it sounds petty, but I really don’t like the name or the design. So, that’s out.
I’ve been through countless others and have cast them all aside for one reason or another. I’ve been down the Evernote and OneNote roads (OneNote kind of hangs around at the moment, but it’s not responsible for task management; just doesn’t do well.)
There is Microsoft’s acqusition of Wunderlist that they made into “To-Do”. That one is decent enough because it does synchronize with Outlook, iPhone app, and Windows 10 app. Not quite sure why I don’t use it. I can’t put my finger on it.
TL;DR, currently for TERN…
- I’m using Trello for tasks
- Outlook app on Windows and my iPhone for Email
- A combination of Due for iOS and native iOS Reminders app for Reminders
- A combination of the native iOS Notes app and OneNote for notes
- Honorable mention for super small notes and quotes I want to save: Google Keep
I would like to mention I rather like the update Google has made recently to their interface and they finally updated their task system. I think they just need a few more features to draw more people to it.