When I started my first full-time job, I was pumped. I was making my own way in the world. I had a boss I liked. And it came with free snacks on Thursdays! ...I was less excited to learn Microsoft Outlook. If I hadn’t been required to use Outlook, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to. Then I learned about a feature that completely converted me: Tasks (now known as To Do).
I had always gotten by with writing out a to-do list in my notebook or putting sticky notes on my monitor. As anyone who’s switched to a digital planner will know, being able to keep track of my action items in the same place as my email and calendar was a major game changer. I became addicted to Tasks. I scheduled recurring monthly and yearly tasks so I wouldn’t ever forget work that happened less frequently. I assigned them to my teammates after we doled out work at weekly meetings. If it needed to be done, I made it a task.
If you rely on Outlook’s task functionality to stay on top of your work, what are you supposed to do when your company migrates to Google Workspace? Or you switch jobs for a company that’s already deep in the Google ecosystem? There’s no way you’re going back to a physical planner and giving up the timely reminders telling you to get your work done. Google’s great in lots of ways, but one place they’re lacking is the task management department.
There are lots of adjustments to get used to when you switch from Microsoft 365 to Google Workspace. Google has helpful guides for how to handle most of these transitions. Word to Docs? Covered. OneDrive to Google Drive? Covered. Outlook to Gmail? Covered. They even have a section specifically for making Gmail look like Outlook. Very useful! While Google Tasks is an option for your task management needs, it’s functionality is still pretty limited, especially when it comes to sharing your tasks with others.
Instead of scraping by with Google Tasks, get the full task management functionality you’re used to by adding GQueues to your Google Workspace.
GQueues is a work management app that’s specifically designed for Google users. It offers deep integration to Google Workspace including Gmail, Calendar, and Drive. So you get to see your tasks alongside your other Google tools, but you also get more functionality compared to Google Tasks. You’ll get everything you’re used to with To Do, and even some extra! Here’s how it works:
Setup done! Now you can see your tasks while checking email or looking at your schedule for the day. You have all the ease and convenience of managing your work digitally, without sacrificing any of the features Microsoft To Do provided.
When I moved to a Google-centric workplace, I’ll admit I was feeling a little lost on how to manage my work. Then I found GQueues. *Angels sing*
GQueues gives you the benefits of To Do in Microsoft that Google Tasks is lacking, including:
And GQueues has helped me with so much more than just reliable task management. Last year I successfully led our Customer Care Team in migrating our help documentation to our new Help Center platform (ahead of schedule)! That’s because you get extra work management benefits like:
The migration from Microsoft to Google doesn’t have to mean a major downgrade in task management capabilities. Sign in to GQueues today to upgrade your work.
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