You can do better than a paper to-do listYou may have heard the news earlier this month that Microsoft is shutting down Wunderlist and replacing it with its own app. They didn’t think too far outside the box in naming this app — it’s called “To-Do” — and the idea is to integrate many of Wunderlist’s most treasured features. At some point, Wunderlist will be gone and if you’re not keen on picking up Microsoft’s replacement, you should consider some of the Wunderlist alternatives listed below.

Just about all of them are multi-platform, including mobile apps, and they usually provide some form of cloud backup so that you can access your to-do lists anywhere you have an Internet connection. If you need an even more robust solution, a fuller project management app may be more suitable. For clean and powerful to-do lists, though, these will do just fine.

Todoist

A very popular choice

A very popular choice

Probably one of the best known Wunderlist alternatives on this list, Todoist has a cult-like following of its own. You can create regular to-do lists, of course, but there is also the ability to create projects for better organization, as well as due dates with reminders to make sure you stay on track. Collaborate on shared tasks, stay focused with the distraction-free design, and connect through a variety of platforms including Chrome, Safari, Windows, Android and iOS. The basic version is free, while premium for individuals and business for teams carry annual fees of $28.99 per user.

2Do

When you've got more to do

When you've got more to do

Mac users in particular will find a lot to like with 2Do as the respective app now provides support for Touch ID and the Touch Bar. Dig into your task list with set durations and an advanced search utility, as well as the option to get your tasks based on what is nearby. The 2Do app is designed for speed with quick entries, a versatile design, and a GTD approach. Group related tasks and filter them appropriately too. 2Do is available for Mac, iOS and Android for free with an optional upgrade to the Pro version.

Any.do

When not just any task manager will do

When not just any task manager will do

Another big name in this space is Any.do. Use it to create multiple to-do lists, including the ability to share these lists with other users. This way, you can share the grocery list with your roommate, just as easily as you can share your blogging list with a co-author. Collaborators can comment on lists and you can leave notes for one another too. Each task can be further subdivided into subtasks. Any.do is available for Android and iOS, as well as via the web. Beyond the free version, Any.do Premium unlocks moments, location-based reminders, and custom recurring tasks for about $2 a month.

TickTick

Drag and drop your to-do items too

Drag and drop your to-do items too

Positioning itself as “simple, yet powerful” is TickTick. Supported on a myriad of platforms — including Android, iOS, Mac, Chrome, Firefox and even Android Wear and Apple Watch — this to-do list solution lets you set instant reminders for anything that needs to be done. Move tasks around with drag-and-drop through calendar view, share lists with (and assign tasks to) colleagues, and group related lists together in folders. The basic version is free, while the pro upgrade for $27.99/year unlocks such features as the calendar grid, the ability to subscribe to calendars, and access to task revision history.

Dapulse

The Wunderlist alternative with boards

The Wunderlist alternative with boards

What if your to-do list could be more than a list? That’s almost the idea behind dapulse, as it utilizes a single board for you to see “who’s working on what and where things stand.” In this way, it’s more akin to a project management tool, as you can assign your teammates to tasks and projects, checking on their timelines and progress. Of course, there are still to-do lists to go along with that. What’s great is that you can manage your time in a very visual way, across days, weeks and even months. Pricing starts at $25/month for up to five users.

Swipes

Stay focused on what you need to do right now

Stay focused on what you need to do right now

Prefer to keep it as clean and simple as possible? Swipes Personal might be one of the better Wunderlist alternatives for you. Supported on iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and over the web, Swipes helps to relieve the stress of a never-ending to-do list by curating your list in such a way that you only have to focus on one priority at a time. Fully integrated with Evernote, Swipes collects all your tasks in one convenient place. Swipes is currently free with a paid premium version in the works.

Checkli

The more social task list

The more social task list

Want it even simpler? Check out Checkli, which works both over the web and through the iOS mobile app. There is currently no Android app. At its core, you can use this app to create unlimited checklists, choosing to share which ones with which people as you see appropriate, including the ability to share your list on social media. You can even search the checklists created by other users if you have a similar task or project coming up.

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