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    Post What To Do About Android To Dos?

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    Calendar, Contacts, Notes and Tasks... the four cornerstones of Personal Information Management that go all the way back to my first Palm OS-powered PDA. For me, PIM sync was one of the hallmarks of early smartphones—freeing me from having to manually input my contacts' names and phone numbers every time I upgraded to a new device.

    Cut to 2015 and one aspect of PIM is failing me, and failing hard. So today I'd like to task you with providing your solution for managing to dos.

    What you're looking at in the screen grab above is a new feature in Google Calendar, called Reminders. Here's the video:



    Unfortunately, this handy feature has yet to make an appearance in the desktop version of my Google Calendar Account; until it does it's just not an option for me. What's also weird is that Google Calendar has supported to dos for some time, just not very well. If I remember correctly support first appeared in Gmail, of all places—I believe this has something to do with the way Windows users manage their tasks in Outlook. I myself haven't used Outlook enough to speak with any authority on that.

    At some point to dos became available on Google Calendar; they still are, but accessing your to do list on an Android device requires a third party app. I've used two of the most popular ones—GTasks and Tasks—and have had to deal with corrupted syncs (ie. data loss) on both.

    Google Keep seems to be a popular task solution for redditors on r/Android, but for me it's a note-taking app—great for grocery lists and such but too cumbersome to enter a simple task with an alarm. Also, I'd much rather have my to dos accessible on my primary calendar.

    There's no shortage of third-party task managers—Remember the Milk, Tick Tick, Todoist, Wunderlist... But again, all of these take you out of your primary calendar, and many of them steer you towards an ongoing paid subscription.

    My current solution for important reminders—bill payments and such—is to use day-long calendar events with alarms. What I lose is that all-important ability to mark something as "done". If you've got a better way to manage to dos on Android, l'd love to hear about it!
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    Workflowy, hierarchical outlining with tagging, looks very minimal barebones but very very flexible to adapt to your own preferences.
    Doesn't do deadlines, recurring date stuff, but in my opinion that should be calendar based anyway, perhaps in a separate instance from your quote hard landscape actual appointments.
    When you use it only from your Android you don't have to worry about paying for the subscription, but accessing a large hierarchy from the desktop / web browser interface will trigger their nagging.
    Personally I think the paid version is worth every penny just to make sure that they keep on developing.
    In case they ever do go belly up they have 100% OPML compatible export.
    In my opinion the best way to use it is to keep your project / task related brainstorming and reference no its all together in with you tasks, just in different parts of the outline, but tied together with tags. Very easy to look at all related nodes in all the different outlines at the same time by using the tag views.
    Quite a few very good how to videos and blog posts out there on different adaptations including based on GTD

    The absolute best calendar tool for date functionality is pimlical, descended from the old Palm Pilot DateBk4.

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    If I remember my (now) ancient history, wasn't DateBk4 the first third-party app to have to-dos included in the calendar view? I remember being pretty amazed by that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
    If I remember my (now) ancient history, wasn't DateBk4 the first third-party app to have to-dos included in the calendar view? I remember being pretty amazed by that.
    Yes, and everything CESD has ever done is absolutely amazing. Just don't expect the UI to be elegant by modern ifruit standards, the focus is on data integrity, features and functionality, not ease of use.
    Pimlical has excellent integration with Google Maps, can mix and match with external categories for segmenting your entries.
    Also good contact support if you do not want to sync with the cloud but use your own local backups and transfers.
    Can also synchronized with the standalone Windows desktop application.
    The mailing list support community is very active, and the developer does respond when needed constantly adding functionality and fixing bugs frequent new releases.
    And nothing else on the planet comes close to oddball repeating date requirements. Here's an example from the FAQ

    How do I schedule an event that repeats on every other day of the second-to-last week of every month that has a new moon in the first two weeks of that month, (but not if there is a lunar eclipse in that month)?

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    I used to use Workflowy but I'm retired now and use an ultra simple app called Simplenote. It syncs everything with phone, tablet and browser. Very bare-bones but works for me

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    yeah even I use Simplenote for the same purpose, it keeps everything sync with all of your devices for free. Just try this ones, you may like it.

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    I hear ya, I use a lot of those 3rd party apps already ... like Flowster and Wunderlist.

    Also would love a better Android solution!

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