How Are People Using ToDoList?

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How Are People Using ToDoList?

Post by abstr » Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:53 am

Hi Everyone

Please post descriptions of the contexts in which you use ToDoList and how specific aspects of the software help you to achieve your goals, so that others might benefit from your experiences.

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Re: How Are People Using ToDoList?

Post by TBrown66 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:26 pm

I have only just downloaded and have had a go at using this program.
My goal is to set it up to use out on the floor, using a large touch screen monitor as a job tracking and communication access point.

I'd like to be able to scale up some of the interface features to make it more user friendly ( the plus signs for sub tasks, larger client icons next to the task names)

I'd also like to 'lock down' the UI so only those fields I have attributes set as being user modifiable are the only ones that can be altered on the shop floor.

Not sure if any or part of that is doable yet.

Thanks for asking

BTW, As soon as I get this to the point where I know its going to do what I need, the developer will be getting a decent size donation.
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Re: How Are People Using ToDoList?

Post by golf247 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:52 pm

I use it as my general project task tracking for both home and work. I work in manufacturing and have switched from Outlook to Lotus and then back to outlook again. When I switched to Lotus ~10 years ago, I found the #1 recommended add-on was KILLNOTES.EXE...suffice to say, it wasn't confidence inspiring. I decided I wanted something that was free, didn't need installed (portableapp) with multiple features. ToDoList fit the bill. (I tried some others, including web based versions, but my trust factor is low...I want the data and I don't always want it on the cloud).
If I had any complaints, it would probably be the limitations to work with mobile devices given that dynamic shift in the past 10 yrs. I've been using some sync'ing with my NAS and phone; along with ajiget's android version to have a read only version on mobile device. It works but I'm not comfortable editing on the mobile and having a potential conflict screw up on my main PC copy.
The multitude of options for repetitive tasks have made 'scheduling' re-occurances easy.
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Re: How Are People Using ToDoList?

Post by tomeh » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:35 pm

I use it as a task list, although I miss a lot of things but I will write about them in the suggestions section. It's good to expand the program with new functions - for example events but I'll write about it.

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Re: How Are People Using ToDoList?

Post by auxnet » Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:39 pm

I use ToDoList above all to plan study and work activities. I mainly use the "Task tree" and "Gantt Diagram". The ability to organize tasks and sub-tasks is important to me. The ability to import and export tasks in Excel and Text format is very useful. The ability to link files and urls and notes to tasks is also very useful.

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Re: How Are People Using ToDoList?

Post by DevWouter » Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:11 pm

As a programmer, I often use ToDoList when I need to create estimates.

Often we are still discussing which features should be included in the delivery and because I always redo all the estimates when the requirements change I need something quick and easy to use.
When the customer approves the tasks are then moved to Azure DevOps (or whatever ticket system is being used) and then I don't use it until the team is done.
When the team is done, I start ToDoList and use the checkbox to mark which features have been accepted. And once everything is accepted of I use the original estimates to determine what we over/underestimated so that the next time we have even more accurate estimate.

The most useful feature I find is the Transform Tasklist where I could provide my own XSL Transforms so that I could bump the estimates (I always overestimate everyones ability) and so that I could highlight the tasks that are too big or that lack confidence.

I mostly enjoy the ease of use and the compact viewing of information. I don't use any of the advanced features.

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Re: How Are People Using ToDoList?

Post by Matt Seattle » Wed May 05, 2021 3:40 pm

I'm a mechanical engineer, and have a large number of tasks to keep track of, notes to take, and requests to others to track. I have been using ToDoList for all of this. I've organized into general categories, then specific projects, then meeting notes or tasks. As I get specific tasks or items to follow up in a meeting note it gets a child. If I have a deadline, that specific task gets a date attached. If it's something I want to track carefully it gets a percent complete. If I'm done with a project it and all its children get archived.

It's a big beautiful program that I'm mostly just using as a nested list, but it's exactly what I was looking for. My employer doesn't allow web-connected software without an involved approval process, so this is perfect. I really just use the Task Tree, though Word Cloud is fun. I may eventually use the Gantt chart features if I have a project that needs careful tracking.

Example of how I use this:
  • Design Engineering
    • Site Specific
      • Site1752
        • Meeting Notes
          • 4/13/2021 (meeting notes are in here)
            • Task: Relocate IW piping, Due 5/15.
              Task: Mark to submit pipe change RFI. Due 4/18.

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