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Posted by Luhmann
May 3, 2021 at 02:46 AM


It was just an example. I don’t actually do my food shopping this way…

>I do all my food shopping with Anylist (free or cheap yearly plan) which
>lets me tag items by store, imports ingredients from recipes online or
>from the clipboard, and lets me share lists with family members who can
>edit items. I don’t need to remind myself to bake an apple pie (unless
>it’s planned for an event), but I will add ‘Food shopping’ to my task
>manager, most likely by time-blocking it so it shows up in my calendar
>(whereupon I’ll be sure to do it).


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
May 3, 2021 at 10:36 AM


I just recently had a look at columns.app too and my assessment is the same as yours: interesting and intriguing concept, but needs more work.

There is a similar app called Checklist (not Checkvist) that you may want to look at if you remain interested in that approach. I haven’t used it, so this is no endorsement. Just a referral:



Ken wrote:
> >On a related note, I was evaluating a multi column “task manager”,
>columns.app , because I liked the simplicity of its layout for some
>projects.  The program, however, seems to have been released a bit early
>and really strikes me as a beta version at best.  But what it did help
>me realize is that doing simple well is not a matter of stripping
>features, but of learning good UI principles (and allowing users enough
>customizations and control over how views look).  I really liked this
>program’s layout because it was clean, but it lacked enough basic
>features as to render it less than useful except for very simple
>situations.  So, I am starting to become a big believer in programs and
>apps that give users a lot of choices in how to set up their programs
>and views, especially if simplicity is wanted, but done right.
> >—Ken


Posted by Simon
May 3, 2021 at 01:17 PM


Task managers used to be separated from calendars, which was problematic for many people. Now there is more integration.

The idea is that you only have time. This time is fixed for all of us. Tasks need to be placed within our daily available time. The problem with task managers is that they allow you to collect more than you can actually do. If you have a calendar that allows you to place all your tasks in and sort them out in your time schedule, that would be perfect. Closest so far is Noteplan. Distributing tasks in your calendar allows you to see actually how busy you are. Taking a task list and spreading ALL the tasks in your calendar gives you a more realistic idea of your workload. Plus it makes you more judicious about new calendar events.

I’m just amazed that most calendar do not allow you to work like this.


Posted by Steve
May 3, 2021 at 02:13 PM


Integrating tasks into calendar view is exactly what Above and Beyond does.


Posted by Simon
May 3, 2021 at 02:41 PM


Sadly, I’m on macos.

Steve wrote:
Integrating tasks into calendar view is exactly what Above and Beyond


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