In the last few months I’ve been testing other platforms for achieving workday productivity. One of those platforms I’ve tested is Gmail. I’d used it in the past, not really liked it, but thought I should look at it again. It’s evolved greatly since my first use, so I decided to see, first-hand, how its newer versions compare with the Microsoft Outlook ecosystem of products.
I’ll write much more about in the coming months, but my initial conclusion is that Gmail’s webmail, in its recent incarnations, has come a long way and offers productivity opportunities comparable to Outlook.
Gmail Tasks and 1MTD
This is especially true of the new Tasks module that Google released a number of months ago (shown above).
I’ve used it a lot recently, and in my mind, that new Tasks module is comparable to the new Microsoft To Do task module in terms of how well it can be used with my simple One Minute To-Do List (1MTD) system. It works well!
Some of the things I like about Gmail Tasks are:
- It has good drag-prioritization,
- It has good tools for conversion of emails into tasks,
- Presents a nice clean, simple interface.
Good iPhone and Android Apps
And Google has new iPhone and Android Tasks apps that match the web functionality well.
Because of all that, I’ve started developing a brand-new video course on using Google Tasks with 1MTD. That new course is probably two or three months from release, but I’ll give you a heads up as it gets closer.
By the way let’s be clear: while Google Tasks is a great app for 1MTD, it is not something to use for the powerful MYN system. Rather, Windows desktop Outlook, or Toodledo, are still your best app choices there.
Should You Choose Microsoft To Do or Google Tasks?
So if you want to use 1MTD, which should you use, Microsoft To Do or Google Tasks?
In my mind the choice is a question of which productivity ecosystem you want to hook your wagon to: Microsoft’s or Google’s. Are you currently using the Microsoft Office set of tools, or the Google G-Suite toolset? That is how I would decide, match with your other tools.
If you are a Gmail user and want to implement 1MTD, watch my newsletters for an announcement of the new Gmail for 1MTD video course.