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The misguided distinction between events and tasks

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Posted by Dellu
May 26, 2018 at 12:48 AM

 

It is very annoying that all todo app developers seem think that events should not be treated as tasks.
I find it very annoying that I cannot schedule my day with my todo apps.

It is very surprising that none of the apps can do this simple task of scheduling. I find one online todo manager (https://getplan.co/) that does scheduling quite elegantly. Here is the screenshot of a typical work day broken down to chunks of tasks.

http://take.ms/lGlOT

I wish the offline applications like Things and Omnifocus can do help me plan my days like this. 

 


Posted by Ken
May 26, 2018 at 04:55 AM

 

Dellu wrote:
It is very annoying that all todo app developers seem think that events
>should not be treated as tasks.
>I find it very annoying that I cannot schedule my day with my todo apps.
> >
>It is very surprising that none of the apps can do this simple task of
>scheduling. I find one online todo manager (https://getplan.co/) that
>does scheduling quite elegantly. Here is the screenshot of a typical
>work day broken down to chunks of tasks.
> >http://take.ms/lGlOT

Unless I am misunderstanding, isn’t an event almost the same as a task with a date/time?  I know that programs like Asana, Trello and Todoist allow you to assignt dates/times to tasks.  And I know that Asana has a calendar view.  Is this not what you are seeking?

—Ken
> >I wish the offline applications like Things and Omnifocus can do help me
>plan my days like this. 

 


Posted by JDED
May 26, 2018 at 08:26 AM

 

Although it hasn’t been updated in a while, Watership Planner (http://www.watership-planner.com) may be exactly what you are looking for.  Although I am a die-hard Mac user, I find WP so useful that I installed a Windows 10 VM (under Parallels) just so that I could use it on my MacBook.

JDED

 


Posted by Paul J. Miller
May 26, 2018 at 08:44 AM

 

Yes I prefer applications which treat all items the same so that a task is just an item with a priority and an event is just an item with a date/time alocated to it so the same item could have either one, both or niether.

There are apps out there that do it this way so you just avoid the apps that don’t work the way you want them to.

 


Posted by Hugh
May 26, 2018 at 08:59 AM

 

Personally, I prefer a “separation of functions”, that, say, OmniFocus allows, with dragging and dropping of tasks, into, say Fantastical. That way you can use a top-notch task manager alongside a top-notch calendar application.

 


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