Smart Tasks is a To Do list and habit building app that uses easy color-coded labels to organize your activities and help you plan your schedule. The user opens the app, hits the plus button to create categories for each of their task lists, such as Chores, School Work, or Extra Curricular. They can then click on these folders and add all the subtasks that need to be completed within that category. Users can even create folders for specific projects with multiple complex steps such as writing a book report, completing a science fair project, or planning the basketball team’s fundraising bake sale. Events within these folders can be assigned one time or recurring dates based on whether it is a one time task or a routine that the user is trying to establish.
Users can also see their tasks by opening the calendar option within the app and clicking on any given date. The app will then pull up all to do items from all the different categories and display them in one easy format.
Smart Tasks is free to use but some features require in-app purchases. It is available now on iOS.
Using task management and calendar tools are a great way for users who struggle with planning to practice this executive function skill in a step-by-step process. Because the user writes down all of the steps needed to complete a project and keeps track of their progress by checking them off in real time as they are completed, they are constantly reinforcing the idea that planning requires multiple steps and building the skills to determine what those steps are. For users who are new to task management apps or do not have much experience with graphic organizers for planning, starting with a small project that only has one or two steps can be helpful before the user feels comfortable moving on to larger, more complex projects or an app with multiple task categories.
Keeping track of all the moving pieces of a large project can be daunting, especially if someone struggles with organizational skills. Using a task management app allows the user to keep all of their information for a project in one place, including all of the notes that provide more information on the bullet pointed tasks. And because collaborators can also be kept in the loop through exporting options, keeping task assignments with multiple collaborators organized is also much easier. For users who struggle with organization, starting with a smaller project with only one or two collaborators can be a way to gain more practice with using Smart Tasks before moving to larger, more involved multi-person projects.
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