Tech Tip: Google Tasks

I'm working towards a much better working model of list making, etc. I'm not ready to share a lot of it yet, but there is one aspect that is helping me a lot.

On my “habit list” that I keep in my Home Routines app, I have “inbox zero” on my list and also “check email tasks.” In email, I have several contextual task lists that I keep. As I”m reading email, I add the emails to the appropriate list by clicking Shift + T.

There is also a little known tasks canvas that lets you see the tasks away from email – .

This is extremely useful when you need a little faster retrieval than a google search and also keeps your email task list HANDY in context – IN EMAIL. I use it for nothing but email tasks but find it very helpful for being organized.

Don't be confused – task lists is not my only list – but I'm finding it helpful to have contextual lists and then ROUTINES I follow to send me to those lists. IF it is vital it goes in my paper planner. 

Google just announced the five most requested items for Google Tasks which (according to Mashable) are:

  • 1. A Tasks API and synchronization
  • 2. Reminders and notifications
  • 3. Recurring tasks
  • 4. Shareable task lists
  • 5. Visual distinction for overdue tasks

 We'll see on these updates, as for me, I'm perfectly happy helping it corral my email problem. Those ponies just run all over me sometimes!

Google Tasks and my recent purchase of MailWasher Pro have helped considerably.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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