There are a ton of productivity apps out there, that play the role of a virtual assistant helping you set up tasks and reminders you need to do at a later date and time; Remember the Milk, NudgeMail, Evernote, are just some of the common names that come to mind. Today, we take a look at a Chrome extension called Astrid, that sets your mind at ease when you have to juggle umpteen activities in your daily life. Whether you need to make lists to buy stuff, read books, wish people on their birthdays; keep track of all these lists; share them with friends and family; or add reminders and alerts, you need one tool that can help you achieve this with minimum hassle. And Astrid does this effortlessly!
Astrid isn’t just a Chrome extension. It is also available as an app for your Android and iOS devices. So when you create a to-do list, set reminders, or create voice tasks, you can get instant access to them even while on the go. And you’ll receive alerts promptly ensuring that you never miss a deadline, a reply, a task, or just about anything you’ve planned on Astrid.
The latest feature to add a feather to the Astrid hat is its Gmail integration feature that converts your email messages into tasks and helps you better delegate or set up reminders for recurring tasks. Let’s take a look at how Astrid helps you set up Gmail tasks and reminders and manage them effectively.
How to Set Up Gmail Tasks and Reminders with Astrid
1. Well, first off, you need to download the Astrid Chrome extension.
2. Once installed, you’ll notice the Squid icon at the top right of the window. Click the icon and create an Astrid account. This should only take a few seconds, as it offers both Google and Facebook sign ins, so a couple of clicks and you’re all set.
2. Once you’re logged in, just open up your Gmail account. You will notice that the Astrid Task pane appears on the left of the screen. If you are setting up a task for the first time, for instance, if you want to be reminded to read a particular email later on, or respond to an email message after your meeting, just open up your email, and click the Remind Me button at the top of the screen.
Astrid automatically adds the email message as a task in the My Tasks pane. You can set the date when you need to respond to the message, mark it as private, add comments or notes of reference, or delete the task once its complete.
That’s not all! You can delegate tasks to other Astrid users and set the time within which they should complete their tasks. And yes, you can obviously share your tasks with other users as well, or there would be no point in delegation, would there?
The Astrid app for Android is designed brilliantly, without clutter, and yet offering everything you’ll ever need to get things done more effectively. Astrid is definitely a good way to get organized and perfect for everyone who multi tasks or worries a lot!
I love using Astrid. Do you?
Here’s a quick Astrid Teaser. It doesn’t really do justice to what you can do with the app, but you get the idea of how Astrid works in just under 2 minutes.