Tip o' the Week: Tasks on iPhone!

Although the current iPhone does many things, it does fall short in some glaring ways.  Managing tasks, for example, has been discussed both in forums and in TiPB podcasts.  Perhaps Apple refuses to provide a means of managing tasks because they believe an iPhone user will have little time left for anything else in life other than surfing the web on Safari, watching movies and listening to tunes in iPod, Google Mapping, etc.?  Speculation for this exclusion may abound, but fortunately, we've got you covered with this week's Tip.

If you haven't been checking out the new Web Apps lately, then you may have missed a little gem called Getting Tasks Done!, available here!  Read more about managing your tasks on the iPhone following the break!

Getting Tasks Done!, by Volodymyr Sergeyev, is one way that you can manage your tasks ('to-do list', if you will) on your iPhone.  With the ability to accept unlimited tasks and projects, you can probably list more things that you need to do than you can get done!  To get started, just go to the site and set up an account for free.  Once you have an account set up, you can login and start tasking!

Some great features are included in this web app:  sharing tasks with family, friends and co-workers; archiving of tasks and projects; accessible 24/7 via the internet; even a daily motivational quote or phrase to inspire you to get your tasks done!

One of the criticisms of web apps are the requirement of having an internet connection; no connection, no app.  This is one reason why resident apps are more appealing to many -- if you have juice on your iPhone, you can use the app.  However, Getting Tasks Done! will also work offline.  If you don't have an internet connection, you can still work on your tasks offline and they will sync with the server when you are online again.  Sweet!


As you can see on the left here, you can "Add task", "Archive" your completed tasks, "Work offline", "Hot tasks", and even "Share tasks" with others.

Once you've completed a task, just check the box and move on to the next one.  I always find the checking-of-the-box part to be very rewarding because it gives me a sense of accomplishment.  There are few things better than completing a task, checking the box, and getting back to some Safari surfing, YouTube'ing and iPod'ing!

Check out Getting Tasks Done! and start getting things done!  

That's it for this week's Tip.  If you have a tip of your own that you would like to share with the rest of us, please leave a Comment or you can email me at: brian.hart@phonedifferent.com.

Disclaimer:  Tip o' the Week makes no guarantee, express or implied, that any tip found herein will be new or particularly useful to the reader (and now that you have a Tip about a good task manager for your iPhone, we certainly can't guarantee you'll get things done.  Just remember this: Nothing makes you more productive than the last minute.  Try that out on your boss!).

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Tip o' the Week: Tasks on iPhone!


Love the site. You missed, however, Remember the Milk, which one an award at the Apple Development event earlier this year. Not only does RTM integrate with the iPhone, it integrates seamlessly with gmail.

Yes, thanks! I'm familiar with Remember the Milk. It's certainly nice to have choices. Having the ability to keep track of tasks is something I missed from my Palm until now :)

I ought to check this out. RTM is a great app, but the interface seems to require too many steps to do really simple things, like "check off an item" (why do I have to tap 'edit', then tap on a thing, then tap 'complete'? it's a freaking checkbox!)

Another "decent" task web app is ThumbJot. The interface is a little slow, but it is pretty easy to use, and is free.

couple of issues:
1.when you go to the main web site does not detect iphone- have to go to the iphone web site
2.no easy way to scroll on the iphone description field. i put n 6 lines on my laptop and only 2 show on the iphone; makes it kind of useless
3.why is there no iphone icon when you add to the main screen on the phone
overall nice attempt but too lame, especially the description field

I thought I'd let everyone know, appigo (www.appigo.com) released Todo on the iTunes Store. It's a native Task Management app that integrates with Remember The Milk (RTM) and Toodledo.
Now you can get the ability to enter and manage your tasks on your desktop and iPhone and keep them in sync!

Appigo's Todo sync'ed w/ Remember The Milk and GCal. Seamless. Was easy to set up. This rocks!
It's a shame that it takes three different companies to make this work (without $100/year for MobileMe).