I’m notoriously bad at time-management and constantly guilty of taking too much on. A great example of this was when an old colleague at Redweb subtly lent me a book on delegation and time management patronisingly called ‘The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey‘. I’d love to tell you about it but after 6 months they asked for the book back and wanted to know what I thought of it, I had to own up and explain that I’d been far too busy to actually find the time to read it!
Every know and again I find myself creating short to-do lists and now with the power of the iPhone looking around for suitable apps that can help me, but neither efforts have resulted in any level of success. I soon realised the problem is one of integration.
I used to even struggle to keep an up to date diary but once I signed up for a Gmail account things seemed that much easier as it also allowed me to start using Google calendar, which I could access from anywhere; home, studio or via mobile. By integrating a calendar with my email seamlessly and having the ability to share my calendars with others made my life so much easier.
So when looking for a decent option for a to-do list app I kept returning to the same problem that any solution would be alien to my current work flow.
Now the wonderful world of Google has solved this problem. When I opened up my email this morning I was instantly greeted by a small ‘tip’ highlighting the addition of ‘Tasks’ to my Gmail UI. I really liked the way Google dealt with this addition to the UI, no fanfare or drastic change simply a small overlay to the interface introducing the new feature and giving me the option to ignore it, start using it or learn more. Similarly earlier in the week when they modified the Gmail UI the change was subtle. Its a great way to improve a product; small, incremental updates that enhance the user experience and are easily adopted and integrated into an existing workflow rather than wide scale changes as illustrated by Facebook not so long ago.
Sufficed to say I haven’t yet started using my new Tasks app but I’ll definitely start doing so next week… if I can find the time, that is.