Manage Tasks, Create Outlines And Organize Ideas Using Toodledo


Toodledo is a powerful task management tool that is easy to use. Besides task management, it also offers to make structured outlines, writing down notes, creating lists and setting reminders. It also supports collaboration for team-based tasks and can sync with various devices.

Simply create a free account from Toodledo homepage to start using it. For personal use, the free feature is comprehensive enough to manage tasks. Pricing plans can be found here.

Toodledo price plans

After logging in, the Toodledo interface will be visible. The main Toodledo interface resembles an email inbox with various tasks listed.

Toodledo interface

The default view is Grid but you can change it to Multi-Line using the view icon. You can also manually sync the task list from here by choosing Sync.

changing the interface view in Toodledo

switch between Grid and Multi-line view in Toodledo

Multi-Line view of tasks in Toodledo

Also on the first run, there will be a setup wizard that can configure Toodledo based on how you would use it (personal task manager, business task manager or both).

Toodledo setup screen on first run

Let’s take a look at each of the Toodledo features and how to use them:

Tasks:

Toodledo can manage tasks systematically by assigning their priorities and due dates. This is great when you want to complete tasks that aren’t urgent but also not sure of the due date. Simply assign a low priority and keep it on the task list. Click on ADD TASK to make a new one. You can also use the quick add box to create a new task.

add tasks in Toodledo

Also, add a start and a due date to the task if required by clicking on Start Date and Due Date.

set a start date for tasks in Toodledo

set an end date for tasks in Toodledo

You can also set reminders for tasks before the due-date. The free version allows reminders upto one hour before the due date while you can customize them in paid account.

Alarms and reminders:

Another cool feature is adding alarms. Access the account dashboard by clicking on down arrow icon next to account name and choose Alarms / Reminders. (Features with a lock next to them in Toodledo indicate that the full functionality is available in paid plans.)

setup alarms and reminders for tasks in Toodledo

This will bring up the Reminders / Alarms setup screen. You can get email reminders from here. Also paid users can receive them on different devices. Only tasks that have due dates will trigger a reminder.

setting email reminders for tasks in Toodledo

 

The task can also be set to repeat from the Repeat section.

setting tasks as repeating in Toodledo

Add the days when it will be repeated, it can also be set to repeat weekly and monthly.

Tasks can be assigned priority values that range from -1 (lowest priority) to 3 (highest priority). Select the required priority level from the Priority column for the added task.

assigning priority to tasks in Toodledo

Also, you can add subtasks by clicking on the down arrow icon before the task names.

adding a subtask to tasks in Toodledo

A copy of the main task can also be made using Clone and the task link can be shared too using the Permanent Link option. Pretty useful.

The added task can then be easy to manage and complete.

New task created in Toodledo

The left column of the Toodledo interface can directly bring up various settings like Tasks, Folders, Calendar, Collaboration, Search and so on. You can toggle this sidebar on/off using the arrow icon on top of it.

sidebar options in Toodledo

If you’d like to take a quick look at all the tasks by date, simply click the Calendar icon.

Seeing tasks using Calendar in Toodledo

To create a new folder and then add a new task in that folder, first, click on the Folder icon and choose Edit.

Folder options in Toodledo

Then enter the folder name.

making a new folder in Toodledo

Now click on that folder name from the left pane and create a task. Once a folder is created, you can also directly create a task from the main interface and then assign it to a folder.adding a task to custom folder in Toodledo

The task will be visible in that folder.

To add collaborators for team-based tasks, choose Collaboration.

task sharing in Toodledo

The free version allows a limit of 1 collaborator per account.

adding a collaborator to tasks in Toodledo

You can see the shared tasks log from here by choosing Shared Tasks.

seeing shared tasks assigned in Toodledo

You can also add context-based tasks. Click on @ icon from the sidebar and enter a related context for the task.

adding context to tasks in Toodledo

This can be useful for grouping tasks that share a common context. Also, long term tasks can be set as life goals by clicking the Goals section.

adding goals in Toodledo

These goals are essentially divided into 3 categories: LIFELONG, LONG-TERM and SHORT-TERM. You can add a new goal to any of these categories and keep a track of it.

Toodledo also has the Location feature which can be used to indicate where the task needs to be completed. Other details like contact number, address, etc can be added here to make the task more clear.

adding location for tasks in Toodledo

Also, you can group tasks using Tags. For first use, it would have to be enabled from account settings.

adding tags for tasks in Toodledo

External files too can be attached for tasks from Files section and this is a feature for paid users.

uploading files for tasks in Toodledo

Also, you can quickly glance at various priority levels of tasks that are pending. Click on the Priority icon from the sidebar for that.

viewing tasks based on priority levels in Toodledo

Custom searches can also be created and saved in Toodledo. Choose the search icon from sidebar for that.

creating a new search in Toodledo

 

You can also switch between Tasks, Notes, Outlines, Lists and Habits anytime by clicking on the icon on top left of screen.

Toodledo items

Suppose if you are already using Tasks, you can then switch to other items either by clicking on their icons or using the down arrow.

switching from Tasks to other items in Toodledo

Notes:

Notes are useful for logging down ideas and comments. Click on ADD NOTE and enter the description and content as needed.

adding a new note in Toodledo

You can also insert timestamps for each of these notes by clicking on Timestamp. Hit Save to save the changes made.

These notes can be edited, cloned, printed and be deleted just like all other items by clicking on the top right icon .

 

editing notes title in Toodledo

Lists:

Lists are useful for keeping a track of different items. Click on ADD LIST to make a new list.

adding lists in Toodledo

You don’t have to start a new list from scratch for common activities as there are templates available for lists of different purposes. Simply click ADD next to the specific list template and then edit the list.

available lists as templates in Toodledo

Give the new list a title and add items to it.

making a new custom list in Toodledo

Outlines:

These are useful for creating outlines and steps for projects, like mindmaps. Click on ADD OUTLINE to start adding new steps.

making a new outlinein Toodledo

Also, just like Lists, Toodledo comes with a few templates for outlines, so you can use and edit them too.Select and click ADD to use the outline template.

available outlines as templates in Toodledo

Also, there are two modes for viewing outlines: Edit and Presentation. The default mode is Edit whenever a new outline is added.

changing the outline view in Toodledo

Change to Presentation mode by clicking the down arrow to display the outline as a diagram.

switching to Presentation view for outlines in Toodledo

This mode is useful when previewing changes that are made to the outline during editing.

Presentation view of outlines in Toodledo

Habits:

Habits are essentially recurring tasks that can be added to Toodledo. Click on ADD HABIT to begin.

adding habits in Toodledo

Also, there are a few templates for habits that can be directly used. Simply click ADD to add them and create a new habit.

a list of suggested habits in Toodledo

Enter the habit name, it’s schedule and set reminders using alarms.

creating a new custom habit in Toodledo

There is also a cool dashboard that displays a habit pattern using a pie chart.

dashboard of habit logging in Toodledo

Import Export Data:

Toodledo makes it simple to backup your data or restores it. To do that, go to Import/Export/Backup from the account menu.

accessing Toodledo account dashboard

accessing import/export and backup settings in Toodledo

Then click on Backup / Restore and select More Details.

backup and restore options in Toodledo

To download the existing Toodledo data, click on the Download backup file. To restore your data from backup, select Browse and upload the backup file.

downloading a backup of Toodledo data

It has a limit of 20 MB and may take a while. Once uploaded, all the existing data will be replaced with that from the uploaded data file.

Sync to external calendars:

To sync Toodledo tasks and other items with an external calendar like Google Calendar and Apple iCal, go to More from the account menu.

accessing calendar sync settings in Toodledo

Next, from the Calendars section, click on Configure.

accessing Google Calendar gadgets for Toodledo and calendar configuration

Also, if you use Google Calendar then you can directly edit Toodledo tasks from there. This can be done by Google Calendar Gadgets.

Undelete tasks and view alarms list:

Click on the down arrow next to account icon to bring up the accoune menu.

accessing account dashboard in Toodledo

Then from MY ACCOUNT, choose Profile & Settings.

accessing profile and settings for Toodledo account

Then select Deleted Tasks. Previously deleted tasks will be listed here and can be undeleted by clicking Recover.

a list of deleted tasks in Toodledo

Also, by choosing Alarm Activity, you can view a list of past alarms generated.

a list of generated alarms in Toodledo

Overall, Toodledo has a vast set of productivity tools that can boost productivity. Do try it out.


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