Frequently asked questions
I'm overloaded. How can you help me?
TaskAngel provides a simple way of gathering together all of the tasks in your busy life - big ones and small, at work and at home, painful or fun. Then it helps you decide exactly what you are going to do right now to reach your goals.
We provide the
Goal Action System to take control of your to-do list and reduce stress. TaskAngel also supports David Allen's '
Getting Things Done' and Michael Linenberger's '
Master Your Now'.
blog gives you a fascinating supply of articles to help you with time management and personal productivity.
Building Your To-do List
Should I be using subtasks? What are they?
Sometimes a task is complicated and you have to follow a step by step process. In that case, you can make each of those steps a ‘subtask’ of the main task. Then you will have a parent task with subtasks.
blog article on subtasks explains how to use them.
My to-do list is stressing me out. How can I make it easier?
You're not alone! We all feel overloaded. Our Goal Action System will get you back on track.
How do repeating tasks work? How about with subtasks?
When you complete a task that has 'repeat’ set, that task is finished with and a new task is generated with a new due date decided by the repeat pattern you have chosen.
If the task is set to repeat every week, the new task will have a due date one-week later than the due date of the original task, unless you chose ‘repeat from completion’, in which the new due date will be one week later than whenever you completed it.
Here’s an example. I have a task 'Weed the garden” which has a due date of Sunday and is set to repeat weekly. Maybe I am busy on Sunday and I get round to doing it on Wednesday. If I mark it as complete on Wednesday, TaskAngel will create a new task, “Weed the garden”, due the next Sunday. But I’ll be too lazy to weed the garden only 4 days later, so I change the repeat pattern to ‘Repeat from completion’. Then when I complete on Wednesday the new task will have a due date of next Wednesday instead of Sunday.
Subtasks work the same way, when you complete them. When you complete their parent task, a new task is generated as usual and it contains copies of all subtasks that were set to repeat. All subtasks that were not set to repeat are discarded.
You can also set subtasks to ‘Repeat with Parent’. Then when the parent is repeated into a new parent, new versions of those subtasks will be copied into the new parent.
Managing Your Tasks
Controlling Task Visibility
I have too many tasks. Help me to focus
TaskAngel has filters and settings to control what tasks you can see in your task list. On iPhone and iPad, tap the Filter button in the top left of your task list. On Windows, use the Filter Panel to the left your your task list.
Each filter hides task that don't fit. 'Star' hides tasks that you haven't marked with a star. 'Completed' hides tasks that you haven't marked as complete. 'Due' shows you only the tasks that have a due date of today or earlier. Tap on a folder name to show you only the tasks in that folder.
The filters work with your view settings. On Windows, these are in the View menu. On iPhone and iPad they are on the settings page. Tap on the settings button at the foot of your task list.
View settings let you show or hide completed tasks, or tasks with negative priority, or with start dates in the future, or with folders or goals you have archived.
Why can't I see all of my tasks?
Task visibility is governed by your View settings and by your Filters. If you can't see some of your tasks, check the view settings first to see if your tasks are being hidden.
Tasks might be hidden if you have completed them, or if you have set them to start at a future date, or if you have given them a negative priority, or put them in a folder you have archived, or assigned them a goal you have archived.
In the filter panel, set the filter to 'All Tasks'. This will show you all tasks that satisfy your view settings.
If you have subtasks, they will only be visible if you have opened their parent task. On Windows you do this by clicking on the bullet to the left of the parent task. On iPhone and iPad, you do it by tapping the 'subtasks' button to the right of the parent task, on the task list. We have a
blog article that will tell you a lot more about subtasks
Can I create my own custom filters for my to-do list?
All versions of TaskAngel let you filter your task by properties like due date, start date, priority, folder, goal, context and status.
With TaskAngel for Windows, you can do this even more powerfully by creating your own custom filters, based on combinations of properties that you specify.
To create a new filter, go to the TaskAngel top menu and choose Edit / My Filters / New Filter. A window pops up called ‘New Custom Filter’.
Suppose you want to filter for high priority filters that aren’t to be done at work. Give your filter a title like ‘High Priority not @Work’ and then go on to choose the rules for the filter. These are the rules that a task must pass to be included by the filter.
The first rule is already populated to be Priority Top, so just change it to be Priority High.
Then add a rule for context. If you have a context called Work, tap ‘add rule’ and select ‘Not context’ ‘Work’
Save your new custom filter. It appears on your Filter Panel, under the heading ‘My Filters. When you tap on it, your task list is reduced to only those tasks that pass your new filter. In this case, tasks that are high priority and do not have 'Work' context.
To change or remove a custom filter, right-click on it and select an action from the menu that pops up.
You can build complex filters by combining your rules with ‘and’ or ‘or’, using the drop-downs before each rule. TaskAngel follows the strict rules of logic when combining terms. Each group of ‘ands’ is combined first, then the ‘ors’ are applied.
What devices does TaskAngel run on?
TaskAngel runs on Windows, iPhone and iPad. We don't have a version for Android yet, but we are working on it. A Mac version is also on the roadmap.
How much does TaskAngel cost? Do I have to pay a subscription?
You don't have to pay a subscription to use TaskAngel. On iPhone and iPad, the basic version is free but there are in-app purchases to unlock advance features. On Windows, there is a one-time free after a free trial. For more details please visit our
If you want to sync with
Toodledo, you will need to pay them a subscription.