BEYOND THE TASK LIST

“DropTask” takes a different approach to the traditional to-do list. Instead of lists with deadlines, you see colorful circles with tasks inside. This is a lot easier on the eye and less stressful than traditional lists.

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PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET

We often use “Pocket” to save articles we want to read later. Pocket software is free for Windows and now there’s a Mac version.

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A PEN FOR THE CLOUD

Here’s something for the person who hates typing. It’s the LiveScribe “Sky WiFi Smartpen,” and it digitizes your handwriting, records the lecture you’re listening to and stores it all in the cloud.

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READ IT LATER

“Pocket,” (formerly “ReaditLater”) lets you save videos, websites and articles to look at later. The ads are gone when you look at something later. This works on computers, Android phones and the iPhone too. Get the Pocket at GetPocket.com.

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SCRIBBLING ON THE WEB

Scrible.com has a nifty browser extension lets you highlight stuff you see on the web, add notes, and then save and share them. The tool is free and works with any web browser.

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GETTING PRODUCTIVE

A free “to-do” list service online makes it possible to assign tasks, schedule them, and forward emails to your list.

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FREE STICKY NOTES

Virtual sticky notes are handy. Here’s how to find them for Windows 7 and XP.

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THE YAHOO NOTEPAD

The search engine Yahoo.com has added a useful “Search Pad” feature that lets you takes notes as you search the web and automatically saves the sites you visited.

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THE ENDLESS WHITEBOARD

Whiteboards are the modern equivalent of our old school blackboards and they’re great. You can get a free digital version at dabbleboard.com.

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SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF

We found a program for making yellow sticky notes on your computer screen.

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