Productivity and Task Management

Staying on top of your academic workload can feel like an uphill battle.

Fortunately, there are plenty of different tools to help you plan projects, track your tasks and assignments, and keep ahead of your deadlines.

Microsoft Planner

A simple-to-use tool for project management that integrates with the Microsoft tools that are used elsewhere on campus. If you use OneNote, OneDrive, or any of the other Microsoft tools, Planner is a natural choice.

Screenshot of MS Planner interface


A simple-to-use tool for project management with a straightforward card-based interface that allows easy collaboration. Assign tasks and change status with simple drag-and-drop mechanics.

Screenshot of Trello interface


Another tool for project management that offers a variety of ways to create and assign tasks, as well as share projects with others. It provides a wide variety of project and task management options, including list views, board and card-based views, timeline planning, and more.

Asana is not officially part of the UW-Madison software tool set but is free to use for small groups.

Screenshot of Asana interface


This is another web-based tool that allows you to easily create and manage a to-do list. The free version offers most of what a typical user might need, and the premium upgrades allows for a variety of enhanced functionality.

The Todoist Interface


A robust and visually pleasing entry in the project management tool lineup, Notion offers collaboration, note and file management, tagging, and more. Syncs across devices, has nicely featured mobile apps. Free for a single user, which can have up to 5 collaborators.

Screenshot of Notion interface

Badger Planner

Chrome Extension

This Chrome Extension was developed by one of STS’s very own trainers! It allows you to export your course schedule for the semester from the student information system, and import it as an .ics file into your campus Office 365 calendar!
The Chrome Store interface showing Badger Planner

Spark Mail

An email client that makes email easier and more visually appealing. The free version allows you to filter, organize, and sync email across devices, and the different paid tiers offer expanded functionality including AI-enhanced writing and summary tools.

Screenshot of the homepage for the Spark Mail app, with an image suggesting this app can give you calm, focused life. A bold claim, to be sure.