Time management

Make good habits with CloudTasks

Not all habits are bad: going to the gym, keeping track of your work, and even remembering to take out the trash are all good ones to have. But to start a good habit and keep it up, you have to be disciplined.
There’s no magic potion or pill to get you up at 6am every morning for a run, but luckily there are tools out there that can help support your habit and give you the motivation you need at the right time.
CloudTasks is a great addition to your productivity plan, and has some handy features built in to keep you on track for the long haul. Let’s take a look at some.

Inbox: where ideas are born.

Perhaps you’re the type of person who has a lot of grand ideas, but often forgets them by the day's end? Use Inbox to quickly capture these ideas and store them for later reference. Inbox is only a tap away from your home screen, so it’s an easy routine to adopt: think, tap, type, tada!

Notes: never forget the specifics.

 A lot of people and talk: meetings are the cauldrons of any business, where big ideas regularly meet small to-dos. Take CloudTasks with you to the next one and get into the habit of storing background information in notes, along with your tasks. This way, when you come to start on a project, you’ve got all the wishes and requirements of your team or boss right there at your fingertips. Never forget the specifics again, and give your productivity a healthy boost

Reminders: your personal coach.

Reminders are a staple of habit forming. CloudTasks allows you to assign a due date and time to any task, and when the time comes around you’ll get a handy notification as a reminder. Whether it’s to do your taxes or drink some more water, this feature is invaluable in keeping you on top of a new routine. 

Recurring tasks: think less, do more.

Recurring tasks automatically pop up in your ‘Today’ list at a specified time, so you always know what’s up next on any given day. Similar to reminders, they keep you on top of new routines – both regular and irregular – without the need to input them over and over again. You can set tasks to recur daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, at even or random intervals.  

CloudCal integration: make time for your tasks.

If there’s one thing we all need to help form habits, it’s time. But how can you get an easy overview of your availability, so you know when you can slot in your next habit-forming action? CloudTasks seamlessly integrates with CloudCal, a calendar app that shows the hours you’re free with a quick glance, so you never miss an opportunity to be more productive. Like CloudTasks, it’s available free on the Google Play Store.

And that's it! Do you use CloudTasks in any other interesting ways? Have you accomplished something great with it recently? We'd love to know.
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Getting Things Done with CloudTasks

Getting Things Done®, or GTD® for short, is one of the world’s most favorite productivity systems. It’s simple, quick, and proven to help people accomplish their goals. So how can you combine it with CloudTasks? Well it’s easy, as CloudTasks has been built with the GTD® methodology in mind. Here we look at its five key principles and show how easy it is to get started and take control.

1. Capture

GTD®: Immediately write down ideas, tasks, and anything else that springs to mind.
CloudTasks: Use the provided ‘Inbox’ list to quickly capture everything that comes to mind, ready for sorting later.

2. Clarify 

GTD®: Break your notes down into actionable, manageable tasks.
CloudTasks: Divide big tasks into smaller, bite-size tasks using subtasks. CloudTasks allows you to create as many subtasks as you need, so big jobs like writing a report or decorating a room can be broken down into lots of actionable steps, offering a better overview of progress and a boost of motivation as you tick them off.  

3. Organize

GTD®: Separate your tasks into different categories and priorities. How urgent is your task? Set due dates and reminders if applicable.

CloudTasks: Create task lists based on category, for example: home, work, groceries. Now create tasks inside these lists, and assign priorities to them using stars, with 1 being most important and 5 least important. For maximum organization, you can set reminders and due dates for your most vital tasks. 

4. Reflect

GTD®: Plan your day. Decide which tasks you need to do immediately and which tasks can wait. If you have any poorly defined tasks remaining, break them down into actionable tasks.

CloudTasks: Look at your tasks in the ‘All’ list and start planning when you will complete them. For those that have the highest priority or that should be completed urgently, move them into the ‘Today’ list. Remember: You can prioritize tasks using the star rating system, 1 to 5.

 5. Engage

GTD®: Start work with your ‘Today’ list as a guide.
CloudTasks: Keep your 'Today' list visible throughout the day, and remember to tick off tasks once they're complete. Now go accomplish those goals.