In a perfect world, people wouldn’t need task trackers. Stuff would just get done. But life doesn’t work that way, and so the need for apps that help infuse our days with the highest levels of productivity are all the rage. Agile Tasks, a new free Android app from Sauce, fits that bill neatly by offering something that’s sadly lacking in a lot of productivity apps: ease of use.
Tasks are separated into three different categories: To Do, Doing, and Done. Users can create multiple to-do lists (labeled Projects), and an innumerable number of tasks can be created within each of those lists by tapping a “+” icon. Details for each task can be either typed in manually or spoken by toggling on a voice recognition mode.
For the forgetful, there’s also the ability to set reminders when individual tasks are due. Need to start thawing the steaks at noon so they’ll be ready for the grill by 5:30? Simply tap “Add a reminder” and set the date and time. When the scheduled time arrives, the app issues a small vibration and a message is added to the smartphone’s notification bar — even if the app happens to be closed. Tasks are prioritized when reminders are set, with the earliest due moving to the top of the list and those without reminders moving to the bottom.
Unfortunately, there isn’t yet an option to assign a specific notification tone to reminders, or even the ability to set an additional follow-up alert if the notification is missed the first time around. This fact renders Agile Tasks a little less effective than one might hope, but not enough to detract from the overall appeal of its intuitive interface and inherent simplicity.
Working through tasks is easily accomplished by a single swipe, which moves a task from one category to another in either forward or reverse order — an added functionality which should please the legions of procrastinators who may deem it not quite time yet to throw those steaks on the grill, or start that report, or make that scheduled phone call.
In addition to the ability to set personalized notifications, other potential improvements for Agile Tasks would be a widget for easier access at any time, cloud integration, and the ability to share task lists with others, for collaborative projects and such.
Described by its makers as a “light-weight project manager,” Agile Tasks is an effective and easily navigable app that can help users boost their productivity without having to resort to complex reminder programs or copious post-it notes whenever they need to remember what has to get done. The app operates on devices running Android 2.3 and up, and can be downloaded for free right now in the Google Play store.