3 Apps to Get Things Done

Getting things done is not as easy as it seems. When you live a busy life, it’s not always easy to remember all the things you need to do. To do-list and reminder apps can are a dime a dozen in the Google Play Store nowadays, but they do help you get things done. We’ve picked some new and unusual takes on this familiar concept.

Squawk: Reminders on unlock
Squawk is a somewhat different take on a reminders or to-do list app, because the app only notifies you when you unlock your Android device. Upon opening the app, you’ll see a nice little birdie, which you can tap to add a reminder or task. You can set a WiFi network, so the notification only pops up when it’s connected to that network. It’s also possible to specify the type of notification and if you don’t want to get a notification every time you unlock your device, you can set a time interval or unlock interval.

After you’ve set a reminder, you can edit it by tapping the bird on your screen. There’s no way to see which reminder you’ve set, unless you edit the reminder. And in this version of the app it’s also not possible to set multiple reminders, that show up when you’re connected on different WiFi networks for instance. But Squawk is a clean, minimal app for something you cannot forget and needs to be done before the end of the day.


Get Squawk: Reminders on unlock in the Google Play Store.

Recollect is a beautiful and location based to-do list app. It’s tagline is: the to-do list that follows you around.  And we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Adding an item to your to-do list, is always paired with a location where it needs to be done. When you’re near that location, Recollect automagically reminds you of the item(s) on your to-do list. You can add defaults for locations you frequently visit, like your Home and Work Address making it even easier to add an item to your list.


The app is very focused and well made. Your to-do list overview features the famed Google Card UI, and adding an item on your to-do list is painless. Furthermore, your default locations have handsome icons, so you can easily take them apart.

Get Recollect in the Google Play Store.

Shifu: To-Do & Task Manager
Shifu is a different kind of to-do and reminders app. The app focusses on the important things in life, like calling your mom or buying flowers for your girlfriend. Shifu is perfect for the things you might forget because you’re too busy, and don’t really have to be done on a certain day.

Shifu analyses your phone’s usage to estimate your free time and suggests tasks accordingly. When you add a reminder, you give it a timeframe of, for example, 5 minutes and whenever you have 5 minutes of spare time or more, Shifu will remind you of that task. There’s no order in the tasks, the app chooses which tasks fits on its own. You can also set reminders when you’re calling someone, when you’re connected to a certain WiFi network or at a specified location. For instance, the to-do & task manager learns when you commute and might suggest that this is a nice moment to call your mom, since you have 10 minutes of spare time.


Tapping the notepad icon in the action bar, gives you a list of all pending and completed tasks. Shifu is quite a unique take on a to-do list app and looks great. Especially considering Shifu is still in (public) beta, the app works really well and can only get better.

Get Shifu: To-Do & Task Manager in the Google Play Store.