We’re getting to that time when summer is coming to a close, vacations are wrapping up, and school is on the horizon for many families. On top of that, soon it will be the holiday season, sports, school meetings and conferences, and oh yeah, work.
How will you manage all of those details to make sure everything gets done. Many use the standard central hand-written calendar on the refrigerator or family cork board. Or worse, there’s the sea of post-it notes decorating our desks, computer monitors and desks. But did you know the better solution is probably in your hand right now?
Google Tasks has been around for quite a while, but is one of the least utilized of the standard Google products but it’s also one of the easiest and most powerful to use.
Some basic information about Google Tasks:
- Integrates with Google Calendar. With so many of us using Gmail for our email system, this calendar is used daily by many of us.
- Great Chrome extensions that puts your task list near your address bar with a simple click.
- Tons of great widgets that allow display and interaction with your task list.
- Ability to set due dates, reminders, and even colorize tasks for easy identification.
- Make a repeatable reminder for tasks like bill payments, regular meetings, and more.
- You can even share tasks with other family members or co-workers in the event that you need some help completing the task.
So no that we’ve seen the need and basic capabilities of Google Tasks, let’s take a look at some mobile apps available on both Android and iOS that bring out the utility of Tasks.
- GTasks – My favorite Google Task app. It easily lets users create categories, colorize them, and sort by due date, alphabetically, or more. The standard version is free, with a paid version for more capabilities. Works on both mobile platforms. It also includes some great widgets that allow you to show all tasks, or a specific category so multiple views can be created.
- Tasks – Standard app for Google Task users. Again, free version does all the basic features but there is a paid version for more versatility.
- Sync2 – Want to sync your Google tasks with Outlook? Sync2 does a great job of importing not only your tasks, but calendars and contacts. The program can be set up to sync in any direction, including bi-directional so any changes made to either the PC or mobile version are sync’d to the other. Sync2 is about $40, but if you have multiple devices, this is well worth it.
I use Google Tasks to run two businesses, keep up with personal items, and keep my daughter going in college. By setting up multiple widgets on multiple pages on my Samsung S7 Edge, I am able to keep multiple balls in the air and keep things moving. Entering new tasks is extremely easy using GTasks on my phone, or the Chrome extension on my PC, and the items are sync’s directly with all devices, including my Outlook program.
Get organized and productive using your favorite mobile device using Google Tasks as your primary task manager. Your kids, your work and your sanity will appreciate it.
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