Sometimes it's not the individual task deadlines that matter as much as the general timeframe in which tasks are done. Perhaps some tasks need specific deadlines; the rest only need to be organized into the time period for their project.
Sandglaz makes it easy to keep that calendar focused perspective on tasks. At first glance, you could mistake it for a kanban board app with its rows of task-filled lists. Look deeper, though, and you'll notice each row is named with a timeframe.
Sandglaz' columns are actually scrum workflows, with each list designed to hold the tasks you'll work on this week (or month, or any other period of time you want). Those lists each include an Important and Less Important section to organize tasks, as well as a Completed section at the bottom for the things you've finished. Drag-and-drop tasks into the order you want, and don't worry about due dates unless something must be done on a specific date. After all, just being in the column means a task is due this time period—and if you don't get it done, Sandglaz will move it along to the next period automatically.
You can customize your work schedule however you want. If one sprint has too much stuff, you can split it into multiple sprints in a click in the menu you'll see when you click on the list's name. You can also set your default sprint length, and extend or shorten a specific sprint when needed. Then, you can customize the lists themselves, adding more sections with your own section names to create a customized workflow. That would let you get a kanban-like feel inside Sandglaz' lists, where you can drag tasks to a new section as they're closer to completion.
Tasks aren't just their title, too. Click the arrow button that appears when you hover over a task, and you can add sub-tasks, notes, comments, files, repeating timeframes, and estimated effort to tasks. Each Sandglaz user has a unique, Twitter-style username, so you can mention then with an @mention in comments to make sure they see what you've written about a task.
Then, there's the My Tasks view, which gives you a simpler scrum workflow for your own tasks with one column for each day of the week. You can add your own personal tasks, and have assigned tasks from all projects show up there as well to make sure you don't miss anything. Or, if one project is especially important, you can set it to show all of its tasks in your My Tasks view.
There's one more extra thing in Sandglaz: the Someday menu tucked away at the bottom of a screen, similar to the familiar help dialogs in many apps. Add tasks and ideas there that you'd like to pursue someday—then, when you're ready to do them, just open the menu and drag the task out into the appropriate project and list. It's a simple way to have a backlist of tasks that's useful across all of your projects.
For a simple way to keep track of your tasks' schedule, the scrum-inspired lists in Sandglaz are the perfect way to set broad deadlines and organize tasks into a workflow at the same time. You can quickly glance at what needs done, and not have to worry so much about individual due dates.
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