If you are like me, you have been waiting for quite a while now for the iPhone version of the GDT manager The Hit List. Even though a screenshot of the iPhone app has surfaced on Flickr in late December, I decided to find another way of taking my tasks with me on the iPhone until the mobile version is released. With 2Do, a beautiful task management app from GuidedWays, and iCal that is now possible.
I did a comprehensive review of 2Do which you can find at iPhone.appstorm.net, the new site for iPhone app reviews. You can read up on the app in detail there. Building on that, I’ll show you how you can take your tasks from the The Hit List with you on your iPhone in conjunction with 2Do.
Set up iCal
Before you can properly sync with The Hit List, you need to set up calendars in iCal. Depending on your workflow, you will have separate calendars for individual projects, clients or work areas. Whatever works fine for you is ok. Just keep in mind that your iCal structure should in some way relate to your THL structure.
Set up The Hit List
Depending on your personal workflow, you’ll manage your tasks in folders, lists or smart folders. In addition, tasks and contexts can help you refine your workflow. I will not go into detail about any GTD method; if you’re using THL you’ll know your way around.
Go to the preferences of The Hit List and select the ‘iCal Sync’ option. Make sure that you check the checkmark box for the option ‘Sync with the system calendar’.
Then select the calendar you want to sync tasks to on the left side of the preferences window. Only then you can pick either tags or lists on the right side of the window to sync with. Again, which option you choose depends on your own way of working.
Tasks to go with 2Do
Once you got your tasks synced with iCal, and you have downloaded 2Do to your iPhone, download and install the Mac Sync Helper.
When you are on the same WiFi network — and this ONLY works if your Mac (hopefully for your Win users soon the PC as well) and your iPhone are on the same wireless network — initiate the sync from your mobile app.
You have to pair the apps first by selecting the Sync option within 2Do and then tapping ‘Computers’ in the top left corner. All available computers with the ToDo Helper installed will be shown. Select one and follow the pairing instructions. After you are done, simply sync.
Voilà, there you go! Your THL tasks on the iPhone! Enjoy!