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Google Tasks top 5 user-requested features announced

A while back, Google asked users of Google Tasks to submit their most wanted features. The polls have closed, so to speak, and Google has announced the top five (in no specific order): a Tasks API and synchronization reminders and notifications recurring tasks shareable task lists visual distinction for overdue tasks Perhaps more importantly than merely announcing the top picks is the...

WorkFlowy is a lightweight outliner endorsed by Matt Cutts

WorkFlowy is deceptively simple. It's just an outliner – a list-maker! You click on a new line, write whatever you have to write, and hit Enter. Done – you now have a bullet, a "to-do item," or whatever you want to call it. Hit Shift+Enter, and you can add some text as a note for that item. There is nothing revolutionary about it, except for one key difference: it lets you drill into...

Evernote strikes it rich, secures $20 million in funding

If you're an Evernote fan, their official blog has some good news this morning: the wildly popular cloud-centric note taking app has secured a cool $20 million in funding. That's a big chunk of cash, and Evernote plans on putting it to good use. "Things are moving pretty quickly at Evernote," Phil Libin writes. "They're about to start moving even faster." Count on seeing more features and...

Comment follow-up: TaskForce turns your workday into a game

When I marveled at Daily Todo, reader ViaTorci recommended TaskForce, a similarly minimalistic application for managing a single day's workload. This is one of the coolest recommendations that I've received via a comment. You don't need an account; you just enter your name, and then enter a task along with an estimated duration. A timer starts counting down, and then you go and do the task. Your...

Nirvana may bring bliss to hard-core GTD fans

Nirvana is a new to-do app, aimed mainly at GTD fanatics. If you love contexts, ticklers, "next actions" and various other GTD buzzwords, you'll feel right at home with Nirvana. The system is currently in invite-only beta, but they were kind enough to send me an invite so that I could review it. After the fold, you can see a fairly extensive screenshot tour that gives a pretty good idea of what...

CinemaDrape blacks out distractions so you can focus on the task at hand

Avoiding distractions on while working your computer can be tricky business. Fortunately, there are plenty of great, free apps out there to help you get things done! CinemaDrape, for example, is a great way to turn off the "background noise" so you can focus on one particular app or area of your screen. You can download an installable version of CinemaDrape or grab the portable remix and run...

CloudPad is a handy, lightweight GTD notepad with tag support

For once, a cloud app I downloaded had absolutely nothing to do with storing files on someone else's remote server. This cloud is all about the tags, baby! CloudPad is an open source note/task pad application that is elegantly simple to use and incredibly handy. Title a new note, set its priority, fill in all the necessary details, add some tags, and you're done. You can also add tags in bulk...

Choosing the right tools for your process

As I mentioned last time, don't choose a tool that doesn't fit your flow. What does that mean? Here's an example: I thought I'd be clever and create a separate flow for home and work. Since I work at home, the thinking was that I'd further separate my two worlds with two systems. In one corner I had The Hit List syncing to iCal which in turn was syncing with Todo on my iPhone. In the other...

TASCK - Minimalistic online task management

TASCK is a bare-bones task list-manager web application. What TASCK lacks in features, it makes up for in minimalism. Literally, the only thing you can do on the site is add tasks by hovering over the plus symbol, and either check off or delete them as you complete them. It's unclear what the difference is between checking off a task and deleting it; in either case the list item simply disappears....

On choosing a GTD workflow... and sticking with it

Let me be totally honest here: I am not the world's leading expert on GTD. Nor have I completely settled on a true, universal solution -- because I don't think one really exists. Like most complex problems, there are many approaches, and very few true solutions. Plus, everyone has a different workflow and circumstance, so there's no way to prescribe something for everyone. That said, you will...

TiddlyDu2: use Tiddlywiki as your organizer

Some very knowledgeable people swear by wikis as personal organizers. They work with any OS, they're easy to organize, and they make it simple to link related information in an understandable way. With TiddlyDu2, you can painlessly turn a wiki -- a Tiddlywiki, specifically -- into your own organization system. You can either work with your wiki online or download it for offline use. TiddlyDu...

Google rolls out mobile tasks for iPod, Android

It's only been two months since tasks first appeared on GMail, but the team wasn't content to stop there. Last night, Google rolled out a new mobile version of Tasks designed to allow users of the iPod Touch/iPhone and Android devices to manage their tasks on the go. The interface is elegantly simple, allowing you to quickly add tasks and notes, and mark items complete. While tasks you indent...

WinWorkBar puts todo list, calendar, notepad in a GTD sidebar

If you prefer to keep your GTD application on the desktop instead of using a web app like Remember the Milk, WinWorkBar is worth giving a try. It's less than a 600kb download and packs a ton of functionality into a tidy sidebar. Features include a time and date display, calendar, task list, and notepad. Tasks can be created as a one time occurrence or repeating event and can span multiple days....

BubbleTimer: track the time you spend on your goals

The basic idea behind the new time-tracking service BubbleTimer is that it's not productive to track how you're spending your time down to the minute. It makes more sense to bubble in your activities in 15 minute increments, and BubbleTimer lets you do that with one click. Once you've added some goals and gathered some data, BubbleTimer becomes a playground for info nerds. You can export your data...

To-Do Desklist is a simple, free GTD app with nice visuals

Jay recently reviewed MiniTask, an ultra- simple to-do list application built on the Adobe Air platform. If you're like me and would prefer to avoid installing yet another oversized Adobe product on your Windows PC, take a look at To-Do Desklist. Like MiniTask, you can add an alarm to an item and hotkeys are supported for adding new tasks and showing your to-do items. Desklist also allows you to...