The program can be as simple as alerting you when a certain task needs starting or when one is due. Most email packages will let you do this. If that is not available in your email package, you can find free scheduling or calendar packages online. If all else fails, Google has a calendar package that you can use for this purpose.
If you want to increase your productivity, you may want to consider a more robust solution than a calendar program, or a calendar function from your email provider. Time management software can be valuable in this case. This category of programs track your activity down to the minute, and even to the second. Many let you set up your tasks ahead of time. The timeslots you allocate will infer the amount of time you estimated for each task. When you complete a task, you mark it as complete on the program.
These time management programs will give you reports as to how well you did with your estimations for your tasks. They will alert you when you did not complete the task in the time allotted. This information can help you refine your estimates for future schedules.
Some people freak out with sophisticated programs and find they cannot use them. They feel the programs track at too granular a level. They also feel that managers of their company could use these programs against them if they don’t get their work completed in the estimated time.
This issue is especially stressful if the managers are the ones setting the estimates. These people feel simple to-do list with their tasks for the day is enough.
If you decide to use a time management program, you need to make sure you update it when you complete the tasks. However, that is something that takes a bit of time to get used to doing. You also need to account for activities that pop up that you didn’t allow for and weren’t on your schedule. The better packages will be able to cope with those problems.
Check online for the term time management and use the results to see what is available. Consider the price against your budget, and try to find software that allows you to try before you buy.