Back when I first started this blog, I wrote a review on this great little application called Opus Domini, which I purchased from the Mac App Store (now it also runs on the iPad). I've been using it ever since for my schedules, tasks, and basically, managing my work life. Why do I find it effective? Well, it's because it sort of follows how I organize the things I have to do.
It manages everything in one digital planner. I have my tasks arranged categorically on one side, my schedules in the middle, and notes on the next page. About the task management - it sort of reminds me of the Stephen Covey planner I used to have, but a lot less bulkier. I can systematically rank my tasks from A1 (most priority) to D4 (least priority), and I can make each one as Completed, In Progress, Delegate, Forward or Scheduled. I can tag notes to each task as well. This feature gets my work done each day. I like that sound it makes when you've completed a particular task.
The scheduling system is pretty regular, but the best thing is it is integrated with the Macbook's internal calendar - so I don't have to switch back and forth from Opus Domini to my Mac Calendar.
The notes schedule is pretty neat as well, as I can write down thoughts, meeting notes and other random things as I do my tasks.
Other features includes Master Tasks, Goals, Mission and the Compass - which allows you to manage your life in terms of Spiritual, Social, Mental and Physical. I don't use this much, but for those who are a little O.C. about having a balanced life, this is the app for you.
The new version of Opus domini is the integration to iCloud, which means now I can access all the data anytime through the Internet. Now if only I had an iPad to synch it with.
The interface is cool, like actual pages of a planner turning.
If you like to manage your life in a digital way, I suggest Opus Domini - it's simple and very effective in my case.