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With tools like todoist, cozi, joesgoals and myprogress, you might as well give that Filofax a break

As Aldous Huxley once said, “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” No matter who you are, no matter what you do, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, and become a better version of yourself. And to do this you must set up a to-do list of goals that you need to achieve.

Maintaining to-do lists are a great way to keep your work agenda in order. And among a host of others, Todoist (todoist.com) is one nifty task manager and calendar to do this with. Easy to use and available on as many as 13 platforms — from the web to browsers to mail clients to various flavours of smartphone operating systems —Todoist is even useable when you’re not online. It helps you stay on the top of things and in control of the foreseeable.

Up close and personal

Yet often this action-packed madness of todo lists and the nitty-gritty of getting things done, very often we tend to lose sight of our personal life. For example, simple but vital things like getting some exercise, controlling your eating, cutting down on smoking, brushing your teeth more often, or even taking your blood pressure medicines regularly are neglected in the general hub-hub of daily activities... Joe’s Goals (joesgoals.com) is an uncomplicated goal tracker that lets you track not only your exercise and diet goals but also you bad habits! There is no limit to the number of goals you can have and you can even place multiple checks for the same goal on some days. And to keep your vices in check, you can monitor your negative goals.

If it’s just keeping your exercise and health progress statistics documented in pecking order, head-off to iStats (http://istats.com.au/). You can also share your progress with other people here. And to maintain a complete log of your personal health records, go to webMD (webmd.com/phr).

Getting money wise

To assess where you stand in terms of skills, financial progress, wealth growth and everything that’s materialistic, maybe you should home in on Myprogress (myprogress.com). This personal progress management (PPM) boasts tools that track and analyse how productive, successful, wealthy, and experienced you are in comparison with the others — keeping location, age, interests, and occupation pertinent.

And if you’re obsessed solely with your net worth, veer your lear jet towards the net worth calculator (http://is.gd/5ewM4). Without fear of tax man, spouse or extortionist, plonk in your approximate financials on this “no-registration required” CNNMoney page. It will quickly tot up the difference between your assets and liabilities for you and and tell you exactly how high is your money mountain.

Plotting your calendar days

If you flit in and out of Gmail for your mail requirments, you must try Google Calendar (google.com/calendar). It is a truly wonderful tool for both meeting, events and to a limited extent tasks as well. What enhances further enhances GC’s appeal is its infinite ability to synchronise data with all flavours of mobile devices — Android, iOS, Windows and BlackBerry. This means that you don’t to be desk-bound to keep track of events and happenings.

The calendar is very malleable and allows you to share and collaborate with family, friends and colleagues. You can setting up repetitive tasks on a daily, weekly, specific days, monthly, or annual basis with reminders as and when you want. You can also add guests and other calendars. If it gets cluttered, you can view calendars selectively. In fact you can even import other calendars like your FaceBook birthdays into Google Calendar. How do you do it? Follow Steve Struemph’s simple instructions from http://is.gd/kIvP8q.

If you don’t like Google Calendar or have thought it too complicated, try 30boxes.com. This one also let you keep track what you need to get done each month using a web planner calendar and to-do list tool.

Getting cozi with the family

To keep a common calendar for the family, perhaps there’s nothing simpler than cozi family organiser (cozi.com). No, it’s not a business tool. It’s an online calendar for the entire family. Apart from important dates, it helps you collaborate on shopping lists and to-dos, and maintain a joint journal of memories. And while you may be more comfortable with the web version of cozi, your kids can access the same stuff using the iPhone, Android or Amazon Kindle rendition of the app. zz

(The author is a personal tech writer)

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