Have a Gmail account? Thought so.Ever heard of Google Tasks? You can now use it in a much better way.
The standard Google tasks view is OK, but spending lots of time looking at it can make you feel sad inside.
I took the exsisting view, removed a few things, improved a few things and generally made it more satisfying to get stuff done. It's not perfect, but it's better.
Once you've installed the Chrome extension click on the tasks icon, or go to https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas. From now on every time you go to this address the extension will load the Better Google Tasks styles . I bookmark this link and set this as a pinned tab on Chrome so I always have it to hand. You can then type cmd + 1 to access it quickly.
Start typing to create a task and press enter when you're done.
Click the checkbox and magic will happen. I've tried to make it as satisfying as possible to check off tasks. It feels good to get stuff done.
Click arrow to the right of the task to edit it's details (or presss shift + enter). You can add some notes in the green area, add a due date or move to another list.
You can indent tasks by pressing tab, and un-indent by pressing shift and tab. This only works in the 'My order' view.
Click 'new list' at the bottom left of the page. A window will pop up where you can add a list name.
Hover over a list item and you will see a pencil icon. Click on that and you can change the list name or delete it.
When you've assigned dates to tasks it's helpful to view them in date order. Click 'sort by date' in the menu bar and that will happen. Pressing cmd/ctrl + up/down in this view will change the date, helpful if you're behind on due tasks.
Have any ideas on how I could make this better? Get in touch: [email protected]
There are loads of Mobile apps that sync with Google Tasks and quite a few of them are good. I use Go Tasks for iphone, which is free. It's not super polished, but it works really well.