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MyTasks: Beautiful, easy-to-use tasks/todo list manager for Android

I am extremely bad at being organized. When I say “extremely bad”, put double emphasis on extremely and you may understand me better. I have this natural tendency of “oh I will remember to do that” when assigned a task/work; when there are only a couple of tasks to do, this isn’t a problem. However, when the tasks list grows and the work is due at later dates, I find it harder and harder to remember what I need to do and when I need to do it. To force myself to become better organized – after a horrendous experience of completely forgetting to turn in an assignment – I tried to use Rainlendar, an excellent tasks/todo list manager for Windows. For the longest time I made use of Rainlendar as the tool to force me to write [type] things down. However, I eventually stopped using Rainlendar – and reverted back to my old ways – because using Rainlendar is a bit inconvenient; I don’t always have access to my laptop and having to remember tasks until I can input them into Rainlendar sort of defeated the purpose of me using a tasks manager.

Thus, recently after shifting to an Android phone, I have decided to once again punish myself by making myself use a task/todo list manager to better organize my life. As I am sure you all know, I am fairly picky when it comes to software and with so many options out there, I was not about to settle for a bloated to hard-to-use task manager. In a flurry I installed 5-10 task managers, evaluating each one for convenience, looking for one that made me excited to use a task manager (ha-ha). After the first few ones, I was fairly disappointed because it seemed like I just couldn’t find an app that is very user-friendly. Then I hit upon MyTasks and my heart melted (okay, I am hyperbolising a little bit).

As the name implies, MyTasks is – drum roll please – a task/todo list manager:

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There are two main reasons MyTasks is such an attractive package:

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If you want to add priority status, due date, and/or notes to a task, you simply click the checkbox next to the respective setting and add it:

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(The “Due date” can be set to “In 5 minutes”, “In 15 minutes” ,”In 30 minutes”, “In 1 hour”, “In 1 day”, or users can set a custom date and time.)

When you are ready to save the task, simply hit the menu key and select “Save” and the task is created and will show up on the main screen of MyTasks.

Once a task is created, you can “complete” it by clicking the checkbox by it (the checkbox turns green – screen the first screenshot), press and hold on the task to access menu that allows you to view, edit, delete, or e-mail the task…

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…and view full details about the task by clicking on it:

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If you want to delete tasks in mass, you can do so via the – button:

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Other handy features of MyTasks include:

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(Click on eye located at the bottom bar to access the filter menu.)

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(Click on magnifying glass located at the bottom bar to access the filter menu.)

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(Click on down arrow located at the bottom bar which will bring up the new bar at the bottom, that you see in the above screenshot.)

All backups are stored locally (i.e. on your phone) and restoring a backup does not do a “complete” restore per se. Rather, it just adds in all the tasks from the backup to your current tasks list. In other words, doing a restore will not delete/remove the tasks you have currently.

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Now, as much as I like MyTasks, the program still has its fair share of cons; these are critical changes which I would like to see made to MyTasks:

In addition to the critical changes, there are a few other changes that should be made to MyTasks, but I don’t consider them to be overly critical:

All in all, though, without a doubt MyTasks is one of the best and most easy-to-use tasks/todo list managers you will find on Android. Yes it has its shortcomings, and I really hope the developer makes the changes I mentioned above because that would make MyTasks the best as opposed to being one of the best; but it is an app that you will thoroughly enjoy using – and that is the main attraction to this program.

Last but not least, MyTasks is free but if you want to support the developer you can purchase the donation version for $2.95. (The free and donation versions have the exact same features.)

To grab MyTasks, search the Android Marketplace for “MyTasks”, use your bar code scanner on the QR code (found below), or load up this page on your Android phone and click on the following link:

[11]Version reviewed: v1.9.2

Price: Free with a donation version

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