I know, I know…
A while back, I spoke about how I choose and/or kill apps. A lot of those concepts are mostly unchanged: if I don’t use an app often, it probably doesn’t need to be on my device. I prefer cloud functionality. If I can find one app to do multiple things well, then I’d rather use it than several separate pieces.
One aspect that has changed is my willingness to loosen the rigidity.
For example, when it comes to tasks, I am fairly picky. My choice dates back to my BlackBerry days, when I settled on Toodledo as my web-based task manager. To make this work, the first characteristic of any task manager I use on any platform is it must sync with Toodledo. If I had to, I could adjust, but as it stands, options abound, so I do it the way I like.
On the Google Play Store, there are several task utilities that sync with Toodledo. Back when I picked, Toodledo hadn’t created its an Android port, but I selected a beta program called DGT GTD. Years later, I still use this app, even after a Toodledo port became available for Android users. It just works.
Another mainstay I use is Business Calendar. It is an Android Calendar replacement, and it works well for my needs; plus, it has a fantastic UI. Well, Business Calendar continues to improve, and recently added a task manager to it premium version. Guess what? Business Tasks also packs Toodledo functionality.
Now, you have to be me to understand the mental schism this caused. I like DGT GTD. For my needs, the functionality is unparalleled, despite its plain looks. Business Tasks incorporates with my calendar app (priceless) and is easy on the eyes. What to do, what to do.
But wait. There’s more.
Google Now is yet another piece; the tasks naturally flow out of connected emails, and since I use Inbox Zero as a separate, informal task manager, I rely on it to keep email and voice-generated tasks in check. With the Toodledo port, Google Now inputs sync to Toodledo.
My solution? I use them all.
Call me whatever you want, but I use DGT GTD for the heavy lifting, Google Now for quick entries and Business Calendar… well… for the looks. They all work together as a good productivity unit for me.
So there you have it. The moral of the rambling story?