Making a list is everyone's habit, no matter if you are planning a special day, event or a work week. A simple to-do list comes in handy at those times. Google Tasks is a digitized version of a to-do list.

Google Tasks wasn't popular until Google decided to give it the much needed thrust and make it part of the Gsuite itself.

Here is a detailed guide on how you can use Google Tasks.

How to use Google Tasks with G-mail

As we said earlier Google gifted us all with Google Tasks, and it synced its essential products with the app. Not just Google Calendar but now you can sync your tasks with your G-mail too.

This feature is valuable given, making a list is everyone's habit. No matter whether we are planning a trip, or a party. A simple to-do list comes in handy at those times.

How to Open Google Tasks

How to open tasks

You might have never realized but Google Tasks had been staring right at your face when you opened G-mail. Let us show you how to open it.

How to Open Google Tasks
  • Log into your Gmail
  • Once you open your Mail, on the right, Click Tasks
  • Click on the Add a Task button, or the "+" sign
  • Type your Task Title,
  • Click on the Edit option, the pencil sign
  • Add Title, Add description about Tasks
  • Add it to a Task List if any
  • Set Date & Time, choose the day, and the hour
  • Also, set the task on repeat if you want to with - Daily, Weekly, Monthly or yearly
  • Congratulations, you have successfully added your task.
How to open tasks

How to Create a Task List

  • Follow the same procedure, Login to your Gmail.
  • Once you open your Mail, on the right Click Tasks
  • Click the down arrow on My Tasks
  • Select Create New list
    How to Create a Task List

    If you want to change the Task List of a Task then, you can do so by

    How to Create a Task List
  • Choosing the Task, Hover above the Pencil sign, which says "Edit Details"
  • Click on the pencil sign
  • Click on the Drop arrow, and choose the relevant Task List

Tasks Lists make categorizing your tasks easy.

How to organize Tasks

Google Tasks doesn't just have the "Tasks" option but it also has a sub-category, called the "Sub-task". This option makes it easy and convenient to organize your tasks as per the hierarchy.

If you create a Task List titled "Work to get done this Weekend", you can create two tasks under it, one is "Update Timesheet" and the other is the "Review Tasks for next week." Instead of muddling those two together, you can create "sub-tasks" under each task.

How to organize Tasks

This is how you efficiently and simply organize your tasks on Google Tasks. It isn’t fancy, with confusing features. It has easy to pick up features that come in handy in day-to-day life.

Reorder Tasks

This bit is easy and as simple as Google can get.

  • Open Google Tasks
  • Click on the Task and move it to where you want.

    You can manually order your tasks and also sort it out according to their Date.

    Reorder Tasks
  • Open Google Tasks
  • On the right, click on the Tasks option
  • Then Click on More, the three dots on the side of Add a Task.
  • There will be an option "Sort By" - My Order and Date.
  • Click My Order, if you want to set it manually.
  • Select Date if you want the Task list in order of dates.

How to delete and complete a task

Google Tasks is a gift from Google to all. It is an efficient To-do list that can be used on a desktop, as well as a smart phone. Deleting a task is as easy as crossing off the task on a paper of To-Do list.

How to delete Tasks
  • Open Google Tasks.
  • Hover above the pencil sign on the Task to be deleted.
  • Click on the pencil sign, which says "Edit Details".
  • On, the top click "Delete".
  • If you want to cancel it, click "Undo" on the bottom

After completing a task on the To-do list what is it we do? We check it off or strike it off. Google Tasks also follows this human tendency of striking off tasks that are completed.

When you are done with a task you created, you can mark it complete.

How to Mark Tasks
  • Open Google Tasks.
  • Hover above the Task you want to mark as complete.
  • Specifically hover above the circle near the task
  • It shows "Mark Complete".
  • Click on that, and mark it as complete.
  • If you want to cancel it then click on "Undo" at the bottom.

Want to check which tasks are done?

How to complete Tasks
  • Below the Tasks section, is a "Completed" section that has a Drop arrow.
  • Click on the drop arrow.
  • See all the tasks that are checked off

How to use Google Calendar with Google Tasks

What is the simplest way to make a time table? To organize your schedule according to your calendar. Google Tasks maybe the simplest form of the To-do list, but you can use Google Calendar and Google Tasks without switching between apps.

  • Open Gmail.
  • Click on How to complete Tasks Calendar
  • On the Calendar, section select the "Open in New Tab" option.
  • On the right-hand side of the screen, there are two other options, "Google Keep" and "Google Tasks"
  • Choose Tasks
    Google calendar

    You get a calendar view of all your tasks for the day.

    To-do apps mostly don't provide a calendar within the app itself, but it is Google! You can sync your Calendar with GoogleTasks.

    If you want to Edit the task from the Calendar itself you can do so too. Click on the respective task, and you can see a tile version of it.

    There are options like "Edit Details", "Delete" "Close", "Mark Complete", "View related email".

    Easily add an email as a task. If your work email id is in sync with your Google Tasks you can easily manage your tasks.

    Here is how you can sync Google Tasks with G-mail without a hitch with just a Drag n Drop.

    Drag n Drop
  • Open Gmail
  • Click on Google tasks
  • Select the Mail in your Inbox which you want to create as a task
  • Drag it and drop it on the "Add a New task" option
  • A task is created automatically
  • Add Date, Sub-Tasks and assign Task list.

The advantage of Google Calendar is, you can use it to create Reminders, Tasks, and Events. Just click on the Time Slot of a particular day and you can set a Task, Reminder or even an event.

Other than the much-used Google Calendar and G-mail, there is another app Google Keep that is under-utilized. But when coupled with Google tasks it becomes pretty useful.

Keep is used to take notes, just like sticky notes you use on your study table or your fridge. Google Keep is just digitized versions of quick notes or reminders.

How to use Google Keep along with Google Tasks

  • Open G-mail
  • Click on the Keep
  • Choose the "Open in a new tab" option.
  • Click on the "Take a Note"
  • Fill up the required details- "Title Note", "Write a Note"
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  • Click on the bell option, to add the note as a "Reminder"
  • Set the Task you want to be reminded of. Customize the reminder with respects to Date & Time and Place.
  • Change the color of the note to give a feeling of sticky notes.
  • Add relevant Image if you have to.
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    If you want to make the Note a Checklist, then click on the three dots- "More" option. Select the "Show checkboxes" option. Add Title to the Note, and items. It is a nice way to create a grocery list.

    Note

    When you open Google Calendar, all your Tasks, Notes, Reminders and events pop up in a single place. If you are obsessed with organizing and being on top of your schedule then Google Tasks is your perfect companion for Task management.

How to manage Google Tasks with Google Shortcuts

  • New Task- Once you type a Task Title you can press "Enter"
  • Move a Task- Ctrl + Up, shifts your selected task up
    Ctrl + Down, shifts the selected task down.
  • Task Details- To view Task details press Shift + Enter
  • To close Task Details press Esc
  • Mark a Task as complete- Press Alt + Enter
  • Remove a completed Task from the list - Alt + Shift + Enter

Benefits of using Google Tasks

  • Managing tasks manually, with sticky notes on your desk isn’t the way of handling projects. Google Tasks is a free task management tool that manages all your tasks in one place.
  • Use Google Calendar and Google Tasks side by side. You do not need to switch between windows, but can use Tasks, while on the Google Calendar. Both seamlessly blend into each other to provide a smooth user experience.
  • Sync your G-mail with Google Tasks. All the work mails you receive in your Inbox will automatically become tasks if you just drag n drop it in "Add a new task" option. It saves you a lot of complications.
  • Organize your tasks effectively with the sub-tasks and Task List options.
  • Add recurring tasks to your lists, like when you have to publish a blog post daily.

Google Tasks works effectively for basic task management. Orangescrum is a worthy alternative for it.

Orangescrum offers all that Google Tasks offers and so much more, from assigning tasks, setting task priorities to time tracking and calendar view, Orangescrum has got it all covered. Why settle for a to-do list when you can have an entire tool to yourself?