TSU - ToDo Task List Manager
by: Wojtek Jarosz • 5
TSU gives you:
• Intelligent scheduling of personal tasks and appointments.
• Smart re-prioritization of overdue tasks.
• Intelligent merging of new tasks with the existing task list.
• Infinite range of automatically computed task priorities (weights).
• Free Windows version compatible with the mobile version.
TSU is an application for managing personal tasks. Nobody ever has the time to do all the things they want to do. Therefore tasks will always slip. After tasks slip, you need to re-prioritize them. This is normally very time-consuming. TSU automates this process. You only need to enter a task once, specifying the task's absolute (nominal) priority, and TSU will re-compute the actual effective task priority (task weight), based on a range of factors.
In addition to the innovative concept of 'task weigh', TSU supports the following standard features:
1. Task priority (nominal).
2. Task due date.
3. Task repetition (every n days, or on a given day every month, or on a given day every year).
4. Task length (as effort required).
5. Sorting on task (effective) priority.
6. Search in task descriptions.
7. Record view (list view not supported).
8. Prioritization based on physical location and task characteristics.
9. Compatibility between the Windows and mobile versions of TSU.
When you create each task record, TSU will ask you to fill a form with questions. You must answer these questions accurately and be as realistic as possible. If you do, the task weights will be calculated appropriately. Eg. you will be asked when you want a given task to complete, and then you will be asked how many days that task can slip. While you might not want that task to slip, you can probably accept a delay if you think about it. You will also be asked if the task could tolerate an even further slippage. This again is a difficult question, because you have just specified the acceptable delay. However, in practice many tasks do slip all the time, and they slip by more than what we would originally say was an acceptable delay. Therefore you should think about the consequences of that task slipping even further, and you should ask yourself if you think that you can live with those consequences - if you have to. The more realistic you are the better the weights calculation will be. There will also be other questions. You must think about them carefully before you answer, but fortunately this is the only time you will have to do this for a given task!
THE TASK LIST, PRIORITIZING AND SORTING
TSU presents to you a record (task) at a time. All these records are in a task 'list'. The list can be sorted according to the computed task weights. You can re-prioritize and re-sort it any time, for a specified date and for specific advanced options. The sorting is done automatically at the end of prioritization, so that the tasks of highest computed weights are first in the list.
ADVANCED OPTIONS AND ATTRIBUTES
The idea behind advanced options and attributes is that certain tasks can only be performed in certain locations e.g. at home, at work or when you are in town. Using this feature will allow you to dispense completely with any paper lists, as TSU will always present to you the right thing to be done at the right time and appropriate for the location you are in.
The tasks are stored in XML format, compatible between platforms. See Help text for more details.