Akiflow is one of the top daily planner alternatives that most folks consider. Akiflow integrates with almost anything through their Zapier connector and allows you to pull your tasks into an universal inbox. Imagine tasks from your email, project management software, CRM and Slack all filtering into one inbox that you can triage through.
If you're juggling multiple tools like email, Google Calendar, Asana, ClickUp, and Slack, and want a daily planner to help you with time blocking, Akiflow could be a suitable option, as long as you're happy manually planning those tasks onto your calendar.
Akiflow's powerful command bar allows you to plan tasks into time blocks on your calendar, snooze tasks, mark as done or assign labels for categorizing tasks. You can do all this through keyboard shortcuts, without even touching your mouse.
Like with other daily planner apps, your tasks can be scheduled on your calendar into time blocks. You also get progress visualization to see how close a task is to being complete.
While other daily planners like Motion use AI to auto schedule your tasks onto your calendar (read our Motion app review), Akiflow along with Sunsama are the daily planners to use if you prefer to manually plan your day. We think Sunsama has a slightly more beautiful minimalistic design than Akiflow, although if that's not important to you, but integrations are, then Akiflow would be a better choice for you.
Akiflow along with Motion are the two daily planner apps that have meeting schedulers built in as a part of the tool. Akiflow's scheduler allows you to schedule and manage meetings, and share your availability with others.
Overall, if you're looking for a daily planner that can consolidate all your tasks from different tools in one place and integrations with numerous tools is important to you, then consider Akiflow.
Trello is known for it's signature use of kanban boards, lists and cards which provides a visual way to organize tasks. Because of it's simplicity, it's one of the most well-known task/project management tools on the market.
Trello is what we'd consider a "project management tool for beginners" due to it's gentle learning curve. It might be useful if you are just wanting a free tool that can help quickly help you start to visualize your process. But you'll likely outgrow it very quickly.
While Trello was the first app to visualize your projects in a kanban view, this feature is now widely adopted among almost every project management tool on the market. We used Trello here at Efficient App for years, before ultimately switching to Asana, when they too added kanban functionality, as we felt that Trello sort of got a bit stuck, while their competitors were evolving and working to further innovate in the project management space.
Because Trello's stagnation, it's not an alternative we'd highly recommend, simply because there are much more innovative tools on the market now (most of which are listed in this article).