2 weeks, 3 days ago coachdan007Participant
First, let me say that I want to love this app, but can’t. Yet.
Second, I am a paid subscriber. So, I think I can feel comfortable asking for more functionality.
1) A chrome extension that allows me to add tasks based on web pages. This is actually way better than an email dropbox for managing email in most cases.
2) The ability to add active hyperlinks to tasks. This one is most important. I cannot find a way to link to a G-doc or use x-callback URL’s to other apps or (as mentioned above) links to web pages).
I am not a fan of Skedpal UI, but the ability to plug in projects and then have the system auto-update when my day breaks down is really powerful and I want desperately to use skedpal in my day-to-day. But other tools are so much easier to work in and with. Things 3 or OmniFocus would be made immeasurably stronger if I could sync them with Skedpal and assign my tasks for today to various time blocks and then update as needed.
My problem is that Skedpal can’t be my “trusted system” ala GTD. And it takes too much friction to create tasks and projects within the application. So I find myself going back to other tools. Which would be fine if I could then find a means of syncing the two, e.g. Zapier or IFTTT. But the recipes there won’t sync INTO Skedpal and when they do (Trello), the hyperlink is not active. So, where I would hope to simply click on that link to take me to my project, task, or reference material, I would need to copy/paste.
2 weeks, 3 days ago SethParticipant
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Thanks very much for your feedback. We’re working hard to address these issues in our next major release. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions/workarounds:
1 week, 2 days ago derkorkParticipant
- For web capture, have you considered using Evernote? It’s free and it integrates natively with SkedPal. Evernote web clipping and other ways of capturing input such as voice, etc are very useful.
- Have you considered Asana for your primary list management? It integrates natively with SkedPal. It supports hyperlinks to tasks too. https://asana.com/apps/skedpal
- The best way to use SkedPal is to use it for the tasks and projects in your current focus, say between 25 to 75 hours of tasks. If you use Asana as your main repository of tasks, you can create a ‘My Focus’ project and sync it with SkedPal. Please see more details on weekly focus planning here: https://www.skedpal.com/knowledge-base/weekly-focus-workflow/
Asana is not really an option for single person users, as you only have the option to use the free plan which has no task dependencies (which is useless if you want to structure large amounts of tasks and bring order to chaos) or buy a 5-person team plan which is 35€/month which is probably a tad more than most users would like to spend (plus the subscription price of SkedPal).
Regarding the upcoming release and SkedPals future direction – is the plan to make SkedPal a system where one can dump all tasks and set up dependencies and then have the day planned or is the direction more on integration with other task managers, such that SkedPal becomes more of a calendar blocking extension of other task managers and less of a task manager itself?1 week, 2 days ago SethParticipant
It’s an interesting question about making SP a calendar blocking extension of other task managers. This has always been a strategic question. Why not focus on what we do best which is our cloud scheduling service and leave the list management to those who offer the best tools. This way, everyone’s happy. Users can stick to their favorite to-do list app and get their tasks scheduled via SP’s cloud service.
The best answer I found to this question was in Clayton Christensen’s classic book ‘The innovator’s solution’. In a nutshell, he suggests integrated solutions do not work for early-stage innovations. For example, if you think of a personal computer, it’s made up of a number of integrated components such as a CPU made by Intel and a graphics card made by MSI, etc. They all work well together because the ‘interfaces’ that define their collaboration are well established. In our task management industry, the ‘interfaces’ for automatic scheduling of tasks are far behind maturity. Why? Because it’s a very new concept mostly introduced by SkedPal. The metadata and the associated UX defined for tasks in existing to-do list apps are not designed for scheduling the tasks. Therefore, as an end user, you will end up doing a lot of workarounds using custom-fields or having to break your workflows in multiple apps, etc. Christensen suggests this will be a limiting factor for the growth of the innovation.1 week, 2 days ago derkorkParticipant
Interesting. I figure it will be hard (if not impossible) to convince the makers of other task planners to provide the necessary infrastructure of fields and interfaces to make automatic scheduling available. You would at least need some fields for task duration, time map assignment and dependencies and most task managers are lacking at least one, if not all of these.
So integration will probably be limited to importing tasks for the foreseeable future. And since the tasks will always lack some piece of metadata, importing is actually a bit of a crutch as you would need to manually add the missing metadata in order to get proper scheduling. Then I think you would be better off tracking all your tasks in SkedPal in the first place instead of manually keeping things in sync in multiple apps. Which in turn would hint toward improving on SkedPals task managing facilities so it can be the one tool to rule them all (at least for personal task managing) instead of adding more integrations which can probably never be a fully satisfying solution. I’m really looking forward to SkedPal 3 and how it fits into this discussion.
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