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Personal to do/task management software?

Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:53 pm

People seem to like Trello and a few others, but any recommendations for something offline, Windows-native, lightweight?

An upgraded to do list with some tagging, prioritization, colors, maybe hierarchy, maybe a basic integrated calendar, etc.
 
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:56 pm

You can do those things inside Outlook.
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:58 am

Too many other features (to be expected given what it's for), and too much baggage, junk, dependencies.

Looking for something standalone and light.
 
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:08 am

Everything's going online (Cloud) these days.

The best fit for what you're looking for may very well be a printed calendar, multiple colors of small Post-It notes, and a large flat surface (like a wall or whiteboard) to stick them on.
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:44 pm

Physical pen and paper is not for me.


Anyway, I found a candidate: MyLifeOrganized.
It ticks many of the boxes, it's configurable more than typical (but not fully), and it's oldschool in development philosophy and design.

It's also missing a feature or two, is a little messy in some usage and visual aspects, and there are a handful non-critical yet annoying bugs/features. Not sure what happens when the trial period ends, but it's relatively expensive as far as general software goes.


While on the hunt I also tried the desktop versions of multiple subscription-based web apps, to see if by chance they can be of any use. They're built eerily similar. All Electron crap, all install automatically or by default into %LOCALAPPDATA% like Vista was just released, and all but one showed just an empty window because the possibility of no internet access is so perplexingly alien.

Also tried one offline-only Electron app, and another that ended up being not strictly task management. Gee, no. JavaScript is cute, and I can see the dev appeal in HTML/CSS layout and animation, but it just feels wrong. Clunky non-native half-cooked UIs with bad keyboard interfaces. All the reasons we have OS widgets.
 
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:05 pm

Mozilla Thunderbird has a calendar with tasks and events, too.
 
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:28 pm

Was looking for more than a simple tasks list.

And Thunderbird... I'm not happy with it even for email.
 
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:50 pm

I personally like Field Notes with a Pentel Kerry. Each one is ~24-sheets about the size of a 3x5 index card, so it fits in a pocket very easily.

I'm not 100% into bullet journal... too many rules to learn them all. But I do follow the dot, square, o, and x shapes, as well as the general methodology of making a list.

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Sorry its the pen-and-paper solution you didn't want, but that's what I use. Every week, go through your journal and coalesce tasks. If they're still relevant, you'll want to rewrite them on the latest pages. If they're irrelevant, feel free to cross them out and forget about them.
 
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:39 pm

The Franklin (-Covey) planner method is similar, but check marks are for completed tasks, X's are for deleted tasks and circles (with initials) are for delegated tasks. At the end of the day, each task on the day's list gets a check, an X or a right-arrow to show that it has been planned forward to a future day's task list.

As mentioned earlier, you can do all of this sort of task management from within Microsoft Outlook.
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:09 am

Handwriting, yeah, not for me. Even assuming a digital form it's too much manual work.

Outlook both doesn't have the advanced features I'm after (I assume?), and it's big, ugly, and with a different focus.

But the one I mentioned earlier seems agreeable, despite the flaws.
 
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Re: Personal to do/task management software?

Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:39 am

meerkt wrote:
Handwriting, yeah, not for me. Even assuming a digital form it's too much manual work.

Pushing buttons is manual work too. :wink:
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