Stay organized with Microsoft To-Do (review)

Being organized is an important skill that is critical for productivity. Have you ever felt like you were busy all day and then you look back and realize you didn’t actually get anything done? This is the main difference between being productive versus being busy. It’s very easy to get scatterbrained which leads to working on things that aren’t on your list of priorities. There are so many tools out there to keep you organized but in my experience, a simple to-do list is the most effective. Smartphones have become a staple in what we carry in our pockets so why not kill two birds with one stone and find a great to-do app. There are a ton of to-do apps but I decided on Microsoft To-Do. It’s become an absolute necessity in my life.

Microsoft To-Do
Microsoft To-Do
Price: Free
Microsoft To-Do
Microsoft To-Do
Price: Free

Why choose Microsoft To-Do?

Why did I end up choosing Microsoft To-Do instead of the million other to-do apps in the App Store? The answer is simple. I am fully immersed in the Microsoft Office ecosystem because of work. If you’re a student or work full-time, there is a high probability you also use Microsoft Office too. Microsoft To-Do is integrated into Outlook which makes it really easy to view tasks while you’re sending or reading an email. Let’s say your boss asks you to complete a certain task over email. You can add the task in Outlook and it will automatically pop up in your Microsoft To-Do app. It’ll also work vice-versa.

Microsoft To-Do uses a really simple user interface that’s easy to pick up and use. Microsoft To-Do is split into three main sections: My Day, To-Do, and custom lists. Every morning, My Day starts off with a clean slate that allows you to tasks you need to complete from the To-Do list or another custom list. It’s really easy to pick and choose from various lists to add what you need to complete that day. The To-Do list is a general list of all the tasks you need to complete. Tasks that are in My Day will pop up in this list and is denoted with a little symbol at the bottom. You can create custom lists to separate tasks into specialized priorities and add them to My Day as you please.

Adding tasks is very easy. All you have to do is go to the list you want to add to and log in what you need to do. Each task can be opened up to add a reminder, due date, or a custom note. This is also where the option to add to My Day appears. You can also change the theme to a different color that suits your taste.

Impressions

I love Microsoft To-Do. I mentioned this before but if you’re locked into Microsoft Office this app is an absolute must. The integration to Microsoft Office applications is extremely convenient. I hate having to manually force third-party apps to work with applications I use frequently such as Outlook and One Note. The integration with Outlook’s Tasks is easily the most powerful feature of Microsoft To-Do. If you’re not in the Microsoft Office ecosystem there are a ton of great to-do apps such as Google Keep. However, most companies seem to use Microsoft Office which limits your choices if you want something easy to use.

The To-Do app is really easy to use. I’m at an age where I don’t want to spend all day learning how to use something new. It’s why I upgrade to a new iPhone because I already know how to use it. The To-Do app has a simple, clean interface that lets you pick it up and start using immediately. Microsoft To-Do can be used from many different kinds of devices. You can download it to your laptop, iPhone, Android, or tablet and use it simultaneously throughout the different platforms.

Overall

Microsoft To-Do is a fantastic app that helps you stay organized and productive. It has a simple, clean interface that is integrated into Microsoft Office products. You can also use it from different devices such as your laptop or tablet. It’s completely free which is the first thing most people look at when downloading an app. I love this app so much that I wouldn’t mind paying for it. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself!

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