Tasks: Fast, Simple, Ubiquitous Task Management {#Android, #Web}

There is no shortage of task apps on the Android (or any other) platform. Navigating the maze can be a frustrating example of the paradox of choice.

Personal preferences largely dictate which software we use to keep track of the things we want to accomplish. Those who adhere to the GTD methodology tend to opt for a kitchen sink approach; these apps excel at what they do, but can come across as bloated or excessive.

Those of us who prefer a task app that adheres to the Sssimpli philosophy- keep things as simple as possible without sacrificing capability- might want to take a look at Tasks.

Tasks uses a dead-simple interface which adheres to the Holo (Android’s default visual theme) scheme very well. The app perfectly syncs with Google Tasks, which is accessible directly through Gmail or Google Calendar, or as a standalone app. Google Tasks itself is simple and straightforward, allowing users to add or delete tasks quickly, set a due date, add subsets of tasks, or even convert an email into a task within Gmail. Other options include adding notes to tasks and keeping separate lists for category-specific tasks (this comes in handy when separating work and home-related tasks, grocery lists, daily/weekly/monthly, etc).

Opening the Tasks app takes you directly to your default task list. From there, you can quickly mark tasks as completed, reorder them, or long-press for more options. Swipe left and right to switch between lists, and even switch between accounts (if you have more than one Google account set up on your device) from the homescreen.

Because of support for multiple lists and notes, Tasks (and Google Tasks in general) works very well as a simple list-builder.

Tasks also includes a well-designed- and still simple- homescreen widget for quick access.

Task works as advertised. It’s fast, simple, and the built-in Google Tasks sync works flawlessly. It’s a well-designed app that is close at hand when you need it, and out of your way when you don’t. The premium version is a very reasonable ninety-nine cents in the Play Store, and its free sibling is ad-supported.

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