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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: See tasks due where you are

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

If you ever take out your phone to recall which errands you need to run, this week's tip, shared by alasnik, is for you. In it, he discusses a way of using locations while mobile to zero in on what you have to do nearby.

'Nearby' Smart List Badge

I've been enjoying the great updated Android app and tonight just happened to browse through the Advanced Search Operators list and… voila! … came up with an idea!

I created a new Smart List called "Nearby today." It includes tasks due that day (or overdue) located within 1 mile of where my phone says I'm located.

dueBefore:tomorrow and locatedWithin:"1 mile"

And of course, I created an RTM 1×1 badge linked to this list and put it on the homepage of my Nexus S and my Xoom so I can spot at a glance when there's something I need to be doing where I am :).

In case you're curious, here are the main locations I use:

  • Location "Work" — for those things I have to remember to do when I'm physically at work… can't do via VPN.
  • Location "Home" — update clock on microwave upon the time change, put out recyclables barrel, etc.
  • Location "SF" — tasks I should remember to do when I'm hanging out in "the city" (renew SF library card, etc.)

Now there's no escaping my due tasks…

Thanks for sharing this tip, alasnik! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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