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'To Do list' software
myself | 8/19/14 | vanity

Posted on 08/19/2014 4:57:10 AM PDT by maine yankee

I need to create a rather long,involved punch list for a volunteer event.

I need to be able to add,move, and remove tasks.

I need to be able to assign or re-assign tasks to individuals.

Any suggestions on a simple software package for the not-so-computer-illiterate person ?


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Education
KEYWORDS: software; todolist; todosoftware

1 posted on 08/19/2014 4:57:10 AM PDT by maine yankee
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To: maine yankee

The one included with standard Outlook is pretty darn good.


2 posted on 08/19/2014 4:59:44 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: maine yankee

Every time a new “To Do List” software package comes out I try it. That includes apps on phones and tablets etc. I’d like something with enough flexibility, not too much complexity and available on all my devices.

The best I’ve found so far, is one called “Out of Milk”. You can install it on Android and iPhone and you can use it via the web interface on Windows and Blackberry. It synchs from the web interface. There is a free version and some extended paid version (I’ve never used).

You can create as many lists as you want, you can move items between lists. You can mark the status of items. For instance, you can cross an item out as completed, but not delete it. I like that because I use it to track some things - you know - okay, I’ve done that. When I’m finished, I delete everything and then delete the list.

I’m still looking for the perfect software package though. So many that are designed for business users are simply too complex to be helpful when you are mobile.


3 posted on 08/19/2014 5:02:44 AM PDT by Roses0508
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To: maine yankee
Control freak.....

I use emails/Outlook calendar, etc. and do periodic sanity checks to track progress/completion. Of course, I'm a bit old fashioned and prefer to eschew technology in favor of face-to-face sessions.

4 posted on 08/19/2014 5:05:03 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: maine yankee

My dad used to say I would never amount to anything because I was such a procrastinator. I would always tell him, “Just you wait and see.”


5 posted on 08/19/2014 5:16:21 AM PDT by outofsalt
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To: maine yankee
Bascamp is a lightweight, easy to use project management tool that may be useful to you for this as well. It is in common use to plan everything from software projects, to volunteer events, to weddings. [not affiliated with them except as a customer]

Basecamp

6 posted on 08/19/2014 5:34:27 AM PDT by earlyapex (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.)
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To: maine yankee

I kind of like a pad and pen myself.


7 posted on 08/19/2014 5:37:34 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: maine yankee

http://lib.giveawayoftheday.com/Daily_To_Do_List_191852/


8 posted on 08/19/2014 5:40:14 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: outofsalt

I’m stealing that!


9 posted on 08/19/2014 5:41:16 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: maine yankee

Assuming you don’t have Outlook, it sounds to me that you want a glorified spread sheet, so Excel should work fine.


10 posted on 08/19/2014 6:14:07 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: null and void; outofsalt

Beat you to it, lol


11 posted on 08/19/2014 6:32:56 AM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: maine yankee

Simple = excel


12 posted on 08/19/2014 7:03:06 AM PDT by BlueNgold (Have we crossed the line from Govt. in righteous fear of the People - to a People in fear of Govt??)
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To: maine yankee

You might check out the freeware listings at the link below:

http://www.freewarefiles.com/search.php?query=scheduling&B1.x=0&B1.y=0&boolean=exact


13 posted on 08/19/2014 7:10:32 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: maine yankee

I’m a big Outlook fan. In the process of defining the task, you can specify who is responsible and who just needs to know about it. When you’re done defining the task, emails are automatically sent to the responsible and FYI people. You can set a reminder for yourself to check on status. And you can set a reminder for the people who are responsible for the task. The responsible person can indicate when the task has been started, what percentage of the task is done, problems encountered during the task, etc. all of which you can check real-time. Downside: you have to have a PC with Outlook and so do all the people performing tasks. And people need to be conscientious.


14 posted on 08/19/2014 7:11:48 AM PDT by ritpg (Wise up, folks.)
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To: maine yankee

Do a web search for one called ToDoList. It’s free. I think you can find it on Gizmo’s website.


15 posted on 08/19/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT by Hootowl
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To: ritpg
And people need to be conscientious.

Oh, now there's the hard part.

16 posted on 08/19/2014 7:27:15 AM PDT by super7man (Oh why did I post that, now I'll never be able to run for Congress.)
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To: maine yankee

I built a service reminder web application for my client( full stack Vehicle Location service). Unfortunately they could never get their customers who had requested this to use the application. That appears to be the hardest part of any To-Do list software: getting the people who need it to use it.


17 posted on 08/19/2014 7:55:33 AM PDT by gunsmithkat (There is no such thing as Too Many Guns)
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To: maine yankee

MO, software list minders are either too complex or not flexible enough. And they are subject to computer/smart phone/device crashes, theft, typos, mis-scheduling, etc.

I prefer a paper system. The best I’ve found is the Planner Pad Organizer:
http://plannerpad.com/concept.asp#top
Either spiral bound or loose leaf which I carry with me in my briefcase or by itself.

For the planning stage, I use the same system in a deskpad:
http://plannerpad.com/deskpad.asp
This organizes my thoughts, plans, and projects in one place. Then, the process of copying necessary info to the loose leaf (or spiral) version to take with me clarifies what is most important for the week and, if necessary, can reorganize priorities.

The system is easy to learn and adapt to using. (Having both deskpad and notebook is my modification and not a required step to using the system.)


18 posted on 08/19/2014 8:49:57 AM PDT by RebelTex (Soli Deo Gloria, "To God alone the glory")
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To: gunsmithkat

The deskpad of the Planner Pad system (in post 18) sits on top of your desk so that you can’t ignore it or forget to use it. (Well, you can ignore it, but the blank page or list of long undone items is a stark reminder, LOL.)


19 posted on 08/19/2014 8:54:28 AM PDT by RebelTex (Soli Deo Gloria, "To God alone the glory")
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To: maine yankee

If it is a one-time event done in real time, then use index cards and colored markers. The only reason to bother with computer entry is if you need to have an historical record or are going to repat the same event again.


20 posted on 08/19/2014 8:58:01 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: maine yankee

If your organization can afford $5/user, wrike.com integrates with just about everything, so you can email/text/call/etc people on the fly.


21 posted on 08/19/2014 12:59:54 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Kirkwood

We volunteers are coming together to put on a 3 day event.

We will not be seeing each other until 3 days before the event, and we are coming in from various locations in New England.

To put size into perspective, we expect 60 thousand to attend over 3 days of the event.


22 posted on 08/19/2014 6:41:03 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: maine yankee

Have everyone bring their own cards and pens.


23 posted on 08/19/2014 7:46:08 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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