5 Online Tools to Keep You Organized

When you're trying to get - or stay - organized, it helps to have some tools to keep you on track. There's always the old standby - a pad of paper and a pen. Make your lists and then go!

But you might need more help to get those to-do's checked off. And if you're usually connected to a computer and cell phone throughout the day, then it makes sense to use online tools to keep you organized.

Here are our some of our top picks:

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Create tasks with intuitive due dates like "two weeks from now", use the maps to see where tasks are located to better manage your time, receive reminders via e-mail, text message or IM, and share tasks and reminders with your contacts. For $25/year you can get a Pro account that includes their mobile and iPad apps.


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Another task list homebase that allows you to create "hotlists" of priority tasks, track your time, and add descriptive tasks.

Toodledo also includes a scheduler for when you're feeling indecisive about what to do. You can enter your tasks and the time you have, and the scheduler gives you an action plan. Plus: print task lists as a pocket-size foldable booklet.

For $2.99, you can also purchase the mobile, iPad or iPod Touch app.



If you're an obsessive article clipper-and-saver, but you're tired of piles of paper or overflowing file drawers, you'll love Evernote. You can save and organize ideas, inspiration and likes by clipping a web page, snapping a photo or grabbing a screenshot and placing them in different notebooks.

Access your account online at any computer or purchase at $5/month for mobile and iPad features.



What could be more important than organizing your finances? When you know what's happening with your money, you feel more relaxed and in control. With Mint, you can link your financial accounts together in one place. Then track and categorize your transactions, watch your spending and set up saving goals.

It's all completely free, including their mobile app!


If you want to get your travel details organized with no muss and no fuss, TripIt might be for you.


Simply forward travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt will automatically build an itinerary for your trip that you can access anytime, either online or from a mobile device. You can add maps, notes, photos and recommendations.

Tiered pricing, from free to $29/month, gives you plenty of options for additional features.


Do you use any of these online tools to keep your life organized? Which ones are your favorites? Any additional recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

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