For everyone subscribed to the philosophy of GTD, myself included, task managers are essential to managing the process digitally. Of course, they’re only useful if you actually use them, as evidenced by the trail of task managers I’ve left in my wake as I search for one with the right combination of cross-platform access, easy task management, and a little bit of sharing functionality. It would also help if it were in a place I wouldn’t forget about (or avoid) such as my web browser.
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So far, Taskade has managed to keep me using a to-do list that isn’t a sheet of paper thanks to its near-constant presence. The task management app puts my to-do list front and centre when I open a new tab, supports multiple devices, and has simple sharing features that make it a great addition to your daily routine. Simply having that reminder multiple times a day is enough to keep me thinking about what needs my attention and what can wait.
Every New Tab Shows Your Tasks
The best part of Taskade is its ease of access. You can visit the site, create an account, and start adding tasks using the web interface. Want to keep your to-do list at your fingertips? Install Taskade’s Chrome or Firefox extension, which loads your Taskade page whenever you create a new tab, an astoundingly useful feature every task manager should adopt.
On the page, you’ll see your list of tasks, projects and folders, and you can use different templates for certain tasks. Create an outline, a simple checklist, or a notes field for typing whatever you want, all using Taskade’s preset options. You can also build project templates if you know you’re going to repeat a certain type of task (such as a party checklist or a meeting outline).
Link Sharing Makes Collaborative Editing Easy
Sharing a list of tasks or chores with someone is simple enough in Taskade thanks to the two sharing options. You can either invite a Taskade user to participate in your projects and lists, or share a view-only list of your tasks. If someone decides to edit some items in your list and add what you forgot, you’ll have to refresh to see the changes, but the collaborative option gives it an edge over cordoned off task managers that only accept input from you.
It’s Available Almost Everywhere
If your task manager lives on your phone instead of your computer, consider using Taskade as a lightweight task capture tool you can turn to during your workday without getting lost in your morass of apps. Even better, you can pair Taskade with a site blocker to keep you on task if you find yourself wandering the web.
In addition to the useful Chrome extension, Taskade is available as an app for Windows and macOS, with iOS and Android apps on the way. Its cross-platform availability and upcoming apps could make Taskade a great task manager for people looking to avoid dealing with the complexity in an app such as Omnifocus, as well as those looking for a cross-platform service should they use multiple devices.
It’s Quick, Cute, and Incredibly Helpful
Taskade is still fairly new, and should probably serve as a place to park your less urgent to-do lists and tasks. It’s good for organising an event with a friend or two, building a grocery list you can share with a partner, brainstorming some ideas for a project, or getting a handle on everything you need to accomplish before the day is over. If you forget everything on your plate, all you have to do is rely on your muscle memory, open a new tab, and receive a much-needed reminder that, for the last time, you need to pick up a bag of brown rice so dinner isn’t a complete disaster.