The best place to find personal organiser software is on the web. Here are our choices of some of the best-of-breed organisation options available online now.
1. Track tasks with Remember the Milk
The weekly status report is due every Thursday morning at 10am. You've got to pick up the dry cleaning next Wednesday after 3pm. Your business plan draft has festered unattended to for a week now. This afternoon it's your turn to pick up the kids from football practice.
Before your brain blue-screens, take a moment to offload your to-do list into Remember the Milk, a full-featured task manager that categorises and prioritises to-do's into convenient lists.
RTM even makes 'honey do' lists easy to manage. Your Milk-using spouse, secretary, boss, or business partner can send task requests directly to your RTM inbox so you can incorporate them into your master plan instantly. If you upgrade to a Pro account for $25 (£12.50) per year, you'll have access to Windows Mobile synching and an iPhone-friendly interface.
2. Store notes and research at Backpack
Collaborate on and manage notes and research with the web-based notebook Backpack.
Whether you're planning your next holiday, drafting your novel, or just want a private place to incubate ideas, you can create an editable page at Backpack and drop in notes, lists, news items and comments.
Each Backpack page has a unique email address, so when you're struck with a brilliant insight standing in line at the supermarket, just dash off an email on your phone to insert it into your page on the spot. A limited free version of Backpack is available; pricing for paid versions starts at $12 (£6) a month and buys you file storage space, more pages, a group calendar, and message boards.
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Gina Trapani is the founder of Lifehacker.com