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Overview of To-Do Management Tools for Teams (updated)

There are plenty of solutions for managing tasks and to-dos for teams to be more organized and efficient while sharing work and collaborating on the same projects. If you are looking to start using such a tool at your workplace or are already using one, but would like to try something new, this post will give you an overview of five options to consider.

A perfect task management tool has the right set of features, a nice and user-friendly interface, it is fast and easy to use. It should be flexible, but not overwhelming or confusing with loads of advanced functionality that your team doesn’t need.

Let’s take a look at a brief overview, major features, and pricing of:

Use the highlights below to compare these utilities and see if one of them matches your needs.

Trello

Trello is a free tool that helps teams stay on the same page synchronizing multiple tasks. You can create personal and team boards to track your tasks. If you are not sure what to start with, you can customize templates and use them to boost your productivity at home and at work.

You can easily organize and plan your activities, be it a new team project or your family vacation. Create a board and populate it with lists to visualize your work adding cards to each list. Trello cards are easy to use: you can add checklists, tags, comments, files, due dates. You can rapidly drag and drop items between lists to show progress to your teammates.

You can start your Trello experience with this to-do list template.

Pricing: Trello is free to use. If you are planning to use it for free with your team, you can create only 10 boards. The unlimited amount of boards and more capabilities are available in the Business Class version for $9.99 per user per month. You can be billed monthly or annually. Learn more.

Confluence Cloud

Confluence is a collaboration software that helps teams keep all their work in one place organizing it with the help of pages and spaces. Teams can swiftly share content and discuss their projects. The great thing is that either you need to manage product requirements or you want to collaborate on marketing plans, you can use different templates that can save you a lot of time.

In Confluence, you can create task lists mentioning your colleagues who can also edit the tasks adding statuses and due dates.

Moreover, you can edit tasks in real time together with your coworkers avoiding mess in your documentation.

Pricing: Confluence is always free for teams with less than 10 users. You can get the Standard plan for $5 per user per month choosing annual or monthly billing. Learn more

Plana – Agile Planner for Confluence (Cloud)

If you miss Kanban-like boards in Confluence and want to power up your tasks, check Plana – Agile Planner for Confluence. It practically turns Confluence into an all-in-one task management tool that helps you arrange your notes, tasks, and meetings in a comprehensive way. The best thing is that you can edit your tasks in the view mode without switching between editing and viewing pages.

You get a personal planner where you can organize tasks creating live to-do lists and boards. This app is designed for prioritizing and organizing since it allows users to split tasks into groups not get lost in dozens of checkboxes. You can easily drag and drop items in the list or on the board.

It’s handy to create action items for your meetings with the team to visualize your workflow and let your colleagues know what’s already done and what’s coming up next. This means that you can create shared dashboards where your team can track their tasks.

Moreover, you can create polls and surveys in case you need to plan events or gather some information from your coworkers.

Pricing: Take a free 30-day trial to decide whether it suits your needs. The price for Plana – Agile Planner for Confluence starts at $0.55/mo per user for teams with 11-100 people. Learn more

Asana

Asana is a web and mobile application that allows you to manage tasks online without using email. You can create an organization or a workspace that will include members (your company employees) and guests (customers, partners, etc.). Employees are grouped in teams and you can organize their work in projects with tasks displayed as a to-do list that can be sorted and filtered based on user’s goals. A task list can have sections to arrange tasks based on their priority, different work stages, categories, etc. What’s nice is that the list of tasks is not overloaded with details. But they are one click away – select a list item and view its details on the sidebar that can be collapsed to get a better view of a task list.

Working with tasks is easy and intuitive, while powerful. You can assign a task to delegate it to someone, set a due date and time, create sub-tasks, post a comment, attach files, follow the task, mark the task complete or incomplete, and more.

Besides seeing a list of tasks from the project perspective, you can view the list of all tasks assigned to you or some other person across all projects. Another cool feature is personal and team calendars, which show tasks assigned to you (personal calendar) and tasks of your team across all projects in a single view.

You also get:

  • Inbox page, where the updates on all projects you’re a member of and tasks that you follow or are assigned to are shown
  • Dashboard with your projects’ progress charts
  • Basic and advanced tasks search capabilities
  • Reminders about tasks
  • Private projects, tasks, and teams
  • Creating tasks and conversations by sending emails to Asana
  • Team conversations, where team members post announcements and discuss work
  • Email notification as an alternative to using Asana Inbox.

Pricing: Accounts in Asana are free and tied to individual users. For teams up to 15 people, there is a free plan with basic features. For larger teams or to use premium benefits, you need to upgrade either the entire organization or one team. The cost of the premium option depends on the size of your plan. You can get Asana Premium for $10.99 or less per user per month. You can be billed monthly or annually.  Learn more

Hubstaff Tasks

Hubstaff Tasks is a web-based project management tool that simplifies team collaboration. Its intuitive interface makes it easy to jump into for teams of different sizes.

Hubstaff Tasks keeps all of your tasks organized in a Kanban board using cards and columns. The app will show you a quick overview of all the tasks that are currently being worked on, which project phases they are in, as well as who’s working on them. You can create a card for each task or to-do and move it to different stages of the project by dragging and dropping. Here’s what you can do with your task cards:

  • Assign team members and include followers
  • Add task descriptions, attach files, and create task labels
  • Set due dates and hourly estimates
  • Communicate with and notify teammates using comments

The app has an Agile Sprints feature that shows you all the tasks assigned to you. You can organize them by current or future sprint, allowing you to prioritize the right tasks and keep the workflow moving forward.

Hubstaff Tasks’s custom workflows feature lets you advance tasks to the next stage and assign them to the right team members with just one click. It also has automated Stand-ups that team members can use to report accomplishments and roadblocks. With these features, you can ensure that everyone is on the same page and that things are getting done.

Pricing: Hubstaff Tasks has a free plan for up to 5 users. Its Premium plan offers unlimited projects and 5 GB of storage for $5/user/month. Learn more

Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk (RTM) is a cross-platform web-based application that you can use to manage tasks from a computer or smartphone online or offline. This tool is a popular task manager for personal use, but you can perfectly customize and use it for business purposes.

If your team’s work is organized into projects, you can create separate lists for each project. You can create subtasks (this feature is available for Pro accounts).

You can assign tasks and share/send to-dos to other RTM users. Tasks can be prioritized, postponed, moved to another list. You can perform actions on several tasks at once and set reminders. It also supports recurrent tasks, comes with flexible search, several sorting options, and the ability to add tasks via email. It is even possible to add a location to a task.

You can track tasks that are due today and tomorrow or are overdue. It is easy to get a printable weekly planner.

Remember the Milk has the Pro Tester Program, which you can join to get access to pre-release versions of new cool features. So if you are missing something in the released version, check out this program and see if what you are looking for is available there.

Pricing:  Standard Remember the Milk accounts are free. Pro accounts are $39.99 per year and give you access to additional features. Learn more