These days, there are a million and one great ways to manage a to-do list online and via mobile apps. That said, there’s often still a few people who are not yet using one of the better ones, so it’s worth letting you all know which they are just in case!
If you’re a big user of Google services like Gmail and Google docs, then you might have tried using Google Tasks. Given the easy integration between these services, it may even be the best task manager for you. Even if you’re already using another task manager, there are still many good reasons to give Google Tasks a try. The integration is at the top of this list, while second on the list is the neat Android app GTasks which you can use with it. Let’s give you a closer look.
Get gTasks For Android
Head on over to the Google Play store to get your free copy of gTasks. It’s able to be installed on the SD card or the phone, but be aware that the widget can’t work if you have moved it to the SD card.
Because gTasks is based on Google Tasks, it only has limited functionality. For instance, each task has details for task name, due date, sub-tasks, linked emails and notes. There’s no priority, tags or other fancy devices. However, simplicity can be a good thing.
The gTasks app allows access to all of your Google Tasks, even if you’re offline and will sync back when you are online. This is great if you travel a lot, use a tablet with out 3G or you don’t have a cheap data plan.
Using gTasks, you can perform bulk commands, such as indenting tasks to be sub-tasks, moving to a new task list, deleting the tasks or adding a due date. This is very useful if you’ve added a lot of tasks quickly while brainstorming and need to fix them up.
Users of multiple Google accounts will also appreciate the fact that gTasks can sync to multiple accounts at once, giving you access to your personal tasks as well as work tasks and whatever other accounts you have.
Widgets for gTasks
The gTasks widgets can be configured to your liking, including choosing the list, sort order, font size and other details. There are also several sizes of widget to choose from, so you’ll always have one to suit you.
Accessing Tasks In Gmail
When you’re in Gmail, click on the Gmail button in the top left and choose “Tasks” from the drop-down menu. A window for your tasks will pop up (much like the chat window) and you can add tasks very easily from there. All you do is type it out and press enter. You can click on the arrow to the right of the task to add more details, such as a due date. If you’ve added a due date, you’ll also see the task in Google Calendar.
There are also many great ways you can create tasks from within your email, so check out the Gmail Tasks help guide for tips.
While Google Tasks is great for a small amount of tasks or for email-related tasks, it’s not ideal for managing a complex to-do list. However, it’s perfect for managing a brief task list for the day or the week. Just enter in your most important tasks in order to ensure they get done, then use some other task manager for the lesser tasks.
Alternatives To gTasks
If you think this app isn’t for you, check out some of the other alternatives you might like:
- Remember The Milk – A Beautiful, Feature-Rich To-Do App For iPhone [iOS] (Also for Android)
- Google Tasks For Mobile: gmail.com/tasks
- Always Know What You Need To Buy With Out Of Milk Shopping List For Android
Do you use Google Tasks? What do you think of gTasks?