Open Docket

A Guide


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Introduction

Calendars and task lists are great, but Docket is even better, because it helps you focus on what is important; the things you need to do.

It is simple, lightweight and really easy to use. Fully functional on mobile devices, it also has keyboard shortcuts to make desktop work faster. Your task data is stored in a Google Sheet in your Google Drive. This makes it easy to use your productivity data for other things too (project tracking, goal management) as well as giving you reassurance about your security and complete privacy.

Concept

Some people live by scheduling their time, using a diary application such as Google Calendar. This works very well if you end up with a lot of temporally-bounded tasks that start / end at precise times (such as meetings, appointments, lessons etc.). Others work best by maintaining a task list, either as a standalone app or integrated into their email/diary solution. Task lists are excellent in that they give you a list of everything you need to tackle, but often no easy way to schedule when you are going to get it done.

Docket is a little different. It is a fusion of these two concepts, ideal for people who prefer to organise themselves around achieving targets. It is centred around a responsive weekly view (one, two or three columns wide, depending on the size of your To help manage this, Docket uses two types of items:

Tasks

This is anything that needs to get done. A task is entered on a particular date (when it can/should be started), and can be in the future (for things that you know you will need to do or work on). Any task from the past will rollover to the current date whilst it remains incomplete, so that you don’t forget about them! Once a task has been marked as complete, it will remain under the day upon which it was completed. You can also always delete tasks if they are no longer relevant or required.

Events

Events are an item which is entered with a time. Past events do not roll over to the current date, because they are specific to that single moment. This is ideal for meetings, appointments or reminders to take a call. Events are marked by a small schedule icon but can be treated very similarly to tasks.

Display and Tags

Any item stored in Docket can be formatted using the popular Markdown syntax. This allows simple formatting, such as bold and italic, as well as hyperlinks to other resources (such as an email, document or work item in another system). Tags can be applied to each item upon creation, and removed at any time, giving you the flexibility to apply project codes, extra statuses or metadata to help you best manage your workflow.

TAGS appear as pill-style badges at the start of each item. By default, tags are blue but certain key terms are highlighted in different colours (consistent with tags in our other apps):

Data and Interoperability

Your Docket database is a standard Google Sheet, which means you retain complete control over your data at all times. In line with our policy on privacy and transparency, we don’t see, touch nor host your data. We provide the tools for you to manage and interact with your data.

Having your data in your own sheet makes it trivial to import/export your tasks, or interact with them in other imaginative ways:


Use Cases

Hyperlinking to an email in Gmail

How to hyperlink to an email from a Docket task.

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Analysing your Tasks

Querying and analysing your Docket data inside Google Sheets.

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