Managing Your Tasks with Tux ToDo

Keeping track of all of your tasks can be a chore. It is very easy to forget a deadline or to let a little job slip through the cracks. That is where good task management software comes in handy.

While there are a quite a few Linux task management tools out there, many of them are calendars, appointment managers, and more. But a little application called Tux ToDo simplifies creating and maintaining your list of tasks.

Getting Going

main_window.pngInstalling Tux ToDo is easy. You just download the program, and extract it to a folder on your computer. Then, you can add an icon to your desktop or just double click the the file tux_todo in your file manager. The interface is spartan, but it is very easy to use.
You probably have many tasks to complete. Simply entering them into Tux ToDo will leave you with a large number of items that you must wade through. Tux ToDo enables you to keep track of all of your tasks by grouping them into categories. Setting up categories not only makes it easier to manage your tasks, but it also makes finding and reviewing them faster.

category_list.pngClick the Category tab and then click the New button. Tux ToDo asks you to give the new category a name. Type a name, like Household or Banking, and then click the Save button. Repeat this for all of the categories that you need. Remember that you can come back later and add more categories if necessary.

Making Your First List

With your categories in place, you can start creating tasks. Click the Todo List tab, and then click the New button. In the To Do Entry window, select a category for the tasks from the Category menu. Then, type a title for the list in the Description field. The title should briefly explain the task you want to complete, like “Prepare for party.” Type a short explanation of what you need to do in the Notes area. Tux ToDo does not allow you to add bullets to create a list that breaks your task down. You can get around this limitation by using an asterisk (*).

new_task.pngYou can set the importance of the task by selecting a number from 1 to 9 from the Priority list. The priorities are on a sliding scale: 1 is the most important, and 9 is the least important. When you view your tasks in the main Tux ToDo window, the most important ones are at the top.

Deadlines, Deadlines

overdue.pngMost of your tasks probably need to be finished by a certain date. Tux ToDo sets the deadline for a task to the day on which it is created. That is usually not realistic. Click one of the buttons at the top of the task entry window. You can set the deadline forward or back as many days, months, or years as you need.

Tux ToDo does try keep you honest. Any tasks whose deadlines have passed and which are completed appear in red in the main window. Once you have finished adding tasks, click the Save button.

Managing Your Tasks

You can change a task by clicking on it in the main window and then click the Edit button. You can change the priority of the item, add notes about it, and even change the deadline. When you are finished editing the task, click Save.

completed.pngAfter you click Complete on the To Do Entry window, you will notice that the task no longer appears in the main window. Tux ToDo hides all completed items. If you want to see it in the main window, click Show Completed. The task re-appears, but with a line through it.

Simplicity Itself

Tux ToDo makes creating and maintaining task lists that simple. The program packs only the features that you need, and willingly sacrifices form for the sake of usefulness. As you use Tux ToDo, you will find that its simplicity is its greatest strength. And it will become one of the handiest little apps on your desktop.

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