Google Integrated Task Management with GQueues

Getting things done is a tough job. But wait. There is a tougher job than that – selecting the right GTD app that can help you complete tasks. GTD apps are mushrooming all over the Internet, most of them with the same feature set with a slight twist. So if you are fed up with a GTD app, the rule of the thumb is a lot more apps will fail you too.

We’ll take GQueues for a spin to see if it’s any different.

Overview

The USP of GQueues is the tighter integration of your tasks with the Gmail or Google Apps calender. This level of deep integration is achieved by allowing users to sign in with their Gmail or Google Apps account. All you have to do is to approve GQueues integration with your Google Apps Account and the tasks are automatically added to your calender. In case of a Gmail account, you will be taken to the secured sign in page at Google.com.

Overview

Overview

Pricing

The basic service that allows you to login with a Gmail or Google Apps account is free. However, if you want tasks integration to your calender, collaboration, task assignments and reminders you will have to pay up.

Pricing

Pricing

If you are buying more than 25 accounts for your company, bulk discounts are offered. Free users have 2 weeks to fully try out all the features.

User Interface and Usage

The dashboard is a two column layout with tasks arranged on the right and Categories & Queues on the right. Adding a category or queue is as simple as selecting from the Add drop down menu.

Dashboard

Dashboard

Adding tasks is very smooth – You can use either theĀ  Add Task option or the tab key. Extensive keyboard shortcuts are available for power users. One of the powerful features of GQueues is the option to add sub tasks. Create a task and hover to the left to bring the arrowhead that makes a task to a sub-task. It is also possible to add sub-tasks under the existing sub-tasks, an important ingredient in project management.

Tasks and Sub-tasks

Tasks and Sub-tasks

All tasks can be tagged and arranged in groups. After adding a task, hover over the right to show the schedule icon which allows you to add tasks to Google Calender. Tasks can be marked as completed right from the Google Calender itself and will be synced with GQueues automatically. Repeat tasks and reminders can be set from the schedule menu.

Calender Integration

Calender Integration

Tasks can be shared with a colleague by using the Share option and he/she can add, assign or complete tasks as well. Tasks can also be made public to everyone or kept under wraps, except for those invited.

Sharing the Tasks

Sharing the Tasks

Final Thoughts

GQueues is a new entrant to the already over crowded GTD arena. However, they distinguish themselves from the rest with their hardcore integration with Google Calender. GQueues is totally dependable and can be used as a full time task management solution, even in a corporate environment.

On the downside, the app and even the home page is a bit poorly designed. The homepage design looks cheap and uninspiring when compared to competitors like Remember the Milk. Except for rough edges in the design, GQueues deserves an 8/10