I would love to use Google Tasks but they are just too "lite" for effective GTD use (at least by me!).
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my experiences so far...
I've been using Google Tasks for about a month now, and it still seems to work pretty well for my needs. I'm tracking more things than your grandmother (>10, anyway), but I'd say my load is still relatively light. I'm also sort of easing myself gradually into the system, trying to form good habits gradually, so I may not be doing everything I should. With that in mind, I have a couple questions about your response:
Originally Posted by crosetti
- What sort of reminders are you missing? Do you mean a popup to give you a heads-up when something is near due? I've been putting due dates on my tasks, which adds them to the all-day section of the calendar. I haven't found a way to poke myself with an email or SMS, though. That would be a nice feature, but I haven't really missed it since I review my lists regularly throughout the day.
- How do you categorize your tasks? I've just been using my context lists (@Home, @Phone, etc.) and that seems to work fine. I'd love to have tags, but in practice have found that I don't really miss them.
It's funny: I spent quite a bit of time fretting over tools. I thought I needed links between projects and actions, for example. But something clicked for me while listening to one of DA's podcasts, and I realized I might be overcomplicating. Actually entering those sorts of links in my system would have been tedious and slowed me down. So I decided to just try keeping separate lists, like I would in a paper system. Much to my surprise, it's been totally fine: I haven't yet found myself in a situation where I couldn't remember what project an action belonged to. And I feel like my system is lightweight; it speeds me up rather than slowing me down.
I still wonder if this is because I'm only managing a light load, though. Maybe you need the overhead of those explicit connections as you juggle more stuff? Maybe I'm violating the "get it out of your head" principle? Does anybody have insight or experience to share on this?
I looked at Google Tasks as an alternative to Toodledo (because Tasks appeared on my Android phone).
My main issue was that I could only set context by creating another list and it was clunky to switch between lists/contexts or get an overview.
If there was a way to easily tag or categorise tasks (and list based on tags), it would serve my basic requirements.
I understand what you're saying about Google tasks not being quite robust enough. Have you found another solution - web or app based?
I use Toodledo on web, syncing to Pocket Informant on Android. Only use context, stauts and sometimes end date fields and turned the rest off.
I am experimenting with subtasks on a Toodledo trial at the moment but think I will probably just stay 'vanilla'.
I've been using www.getflow.com for a while while I see what's going to happen to Things by Culture Code. Google Tasks is attractive to me because I use Google Calendar, Docs, and Contacts. A stronger Google task manager would round out my system quite nicely.
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Yes, I would agree that there are better alternatives to Google Tasks.
Unlike other Google services, Tasks hasn't seen an update in years, and it is obvious not a priority for Google. Maybe they'll work on it someday, maybe they won't. Maybe they'll just stop supporting it altogether.
If you like the price point (free), I would much rather go with Toodledo.
Originally Posted by lcbrett
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