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Is their any app (Web based, Android, iPhone, anything) which enables a person to manage both - his tasks and his goals, without mixing them up.

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Um - can you give us a bit of context as to why the two are different? I use the terms interchangeably... – Joe Feb 1 '13 at 13:51
Using a more-or-less manual GTD process with outlook, I just use the various Categories for this. "Goals" would be my Projects, and Tasks would be in "@Computer", "@Calls", etc. – sdg Feb 1 '13 at 14:02
@Joe Tasks that take a lot of time - several hours/days are Goals. – user221287 Feb 1 '13 at 15:22
@sdg - I think you should make that a full answer... – Joe Feb 2 '13 at 17:22
I don't know of any apps personally, but if you contact Blueline Apps on Facebook, we can make one for you. Good luck! – Adra Elkins Feb 2 '13 at 21:41
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At first I used Wunderlist (in your case you could make one list for tasks and another for goals) and it worked nice, you can use the web version on PC or Mac and the app for android/iWhatever (you can also add tasks offline and sync later).

But then i started to follow more strictly the GTD methodology and decided to change to a more specific software, you can try:

  • Really easy to use, i got used to it in about 2 days. The android app it's nice but the free account only lets you sync once per 24h (anyway, they give you 3 months premium account).
  • Nirvanahq: similar to but with no android app. It teaches you the GTD methodology in case you don't know it.
  • Evernote: Not GTD oriented but if you want it you can sync it with zendone and google calendar.

With GTD your goals are just projects, and tasks are those to achieve that goals.

For example, look at this screenshot of my workspace: enter image description here

As you can see i can separate the tasks by contexts and focus area (This means the tasks I can finish at university are not the same as the ones I can finish at home). At the moment I only have one project (What you call "Goal"). In that project you can see the tasks related to it, but at the same time they may be in Next or Someday. You can also add tags so it's always perfectly organized no matter hoy much tasks you have.

Hope it helps :)

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I think I know what you mean. Maybe is what you want. It's a simple todolist app that can help you sort tasks in only 4 simple categories: today / tomorrow / Upcoming / Someday

When you set up a task, you can put it in one of theses, or give it a date, so that it goes immediately in the today, tomorrow or upcoming category.

Now the Someday category is different: nothing goes there unless you put it in. That's maybe where you could put your goals.

If it makes it any more interesting, it integrates well with Gmail, works in chrome and on phone.

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I knew about Any.Do but never had thought to implement in such a way. – user221287 Feb 2 '13 at 16:55

I use a more-or-less manual GTD process with Outlook, but it would fine with almost any task app, nothing special required.

Instead of special names for tasks, I use Outlook's "category" feature. Most common to-do software has a similar function.

As per GTD, I have a Projects category that I use for longer-term things, and various other space or time-based actions lists like @Calls for phone calls to make and @Computer for things to do in front of my computer (which admittedly is much of my work).

One key difference perhaps in GTD from what you describe, is that a goal in your example would generate tasks to do. Because you cannot "do" a goal itself, but merely things that get you towards finishing it.

Good Luck

share|improve this answer is an online weekly planner that focuses on helping people keep their goals in mind when managing their daily tasks.

You have a place for long term goals, weekly goals, and you have a place where you can create list of tasks (a list can be a project, a goal, etc...)

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