Q & A: How app helps Super Mom “crank out the tasks in a technologically harmonious wonderland”


Michele K. is a suburban super mom. She and her husband Howard have three beautiful children: Alyssa, 11;  Alex, 9; and Jared, 7.

Michele was delighted to have discovered Producteev through Android’s Astrid add-on. She finds much to love about Producteev and quickly became a hyper-user because it’s free and has an attractive, “simple” interface.

Q: How do you use Producteev?
Michele: I share a workspace called “Command Central” with my husband. I love that it helps my man and I are see the most up-to-date list at all times. Having a single repository is awesome. We’re able to see the same Google calendar, which makes the kids’ chauffeuring needs crystal clear. Also, we’re both on the same page when it comes to household duties, and even simple little questions that we would forget to ask otherwise.

The convenience of our tasks showing up on the Gmail page, where we are already synced with a calendar for each person in the family, is great!  We are looking at it all day, anyway. Google tasks is woefully and pitifully inadequate.

With all this info at our fingertips, we waste a lot less time and mental energy having purely logistical conversations about “remember to do this” or “where is the party” or “what is left on the yard work list” or “who do I give it to at school” and so on. Thankfully, we now have MORE time for the good stuff.

My husband is hooked and has started his own account now, with one tab for Command Central and another for work!

I have other workspaces just for myself. For example, I have a “Packing Workspace” with our packing list for family vacations. The labels represent the people in my family and the rooms in my home.

Q: Tell us about your experience with Producteev.
Michele: I especially love being able to assign tasks to each other. Leaving notes, questions, or web links for clarity is also pretty awesome. And the smart prioritizing of tasks, including being able to star each other’s tasks to indicate our opinion of its priority. And the ability to give a task many different labels! I think the label icons could be more exciting.  I love the colors.  But it would be even more fun to add stars, hearts, pluses, and other basic shapes that could also be custom-colored.  I would color-code every person in my house and maybe see things at a glance easier.

I like having Producteev available on my nice, big desktop for major editing. And if I am out of town on vacation or waiting for an appointment, it’s right there in my hand. Woo hoo!

I’m super excited to crank out the tasks in a technologically harmonious wonderland. Especially once we get recurring tasks going!  I think we’re going to have a long and meaningful relationship!

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