Help: Lists

Introduction

Lists are one of the cornerstones of LifeChanger.  You can create as many Lists as you want.  Lists can contain Tasks,  Images and/or Contacts.   You can keep related Lists organized by embedding them in other Lists to create sub-Lists.

Example #1: you could have a Shopping list containing all the items you buy regularly.   Decorate grocery items with the Grocers tag and pet supply items with the Pet Shop tag.  Mark items you need to buy as To Do and those you just bought as Done.   When you’re at the grocers, filter the List to show only To Do items with the Grocers tag.  Double tap each item as you add it to the cart to mark it as Done.

Example #2: you could have a Vacations list and within that have 2 sub-lists for things you need to take and things you need to do in advance.  Tag each item with the Beach and/or Ski tag, etc. as appropriate.   In addition, have sub-lists for each vacation so you can keep all your photos, videos and contact details of hotels, restaurants and new friends together.  Next year when you return, you’ll have all the info you need to plan an even better vacation than last time – and some great memories of your last trip.

 

Where do I start?

You use Lists on the Desktop.  If you’re not on the Desktop already, tap/click the button with three vertical dots    at the bottom right of LifeChanger to show the menu.  Then, tap/click on the Desktop button.

Take me to the Desktop in the web version of LifeChanger now.

Create a new List

Tap/click the New List button  at the bottom right of the Desktop.  Type a unique name for the new list and choose the Type from the selector – i.e. one of Task, Image or Contact.  The default is Task and you’ll probably use Task Lists more  than Images or Contacts.   The Type defines what kind of items are created on the List when you add them.  More on that lower down in this Help topic.  The Type also determines the color of the List border so you can easily identify it.  Task lists are blue, Image lists are yellow, Contact lists are orange.

If you already have Friends defined in LifeChanger, you can share the list with them if you wish.   To do that, click the card with the 3 connected dots   that currently says “No Shares”. More on that lower down in this Help topic.

When you’re ready, click the green tick to save the new List or click the red cross to discard changes.

Note: you can change the List properties any time you wish at a later date by clicking the button with 3 dots in a horizontal line at the bottom of the list and then “Edit”.

If you create a List in error, you can delete it as follows:  tap/click and hold down in the header section of the List to start drag and drop.   Drag onto the trash can icon that appears at the top of LifeChanger and release to drop it there.  

Sharing Lists with Friends

When creating a List (or when editing it later), you can determine how and what is shared.  In order to share the List, you must first have one or more Friends.  Once you do, tap/click the Sharing card   on the List properties page.  In the screenshot, all items (tasks, images, contacts) currently on the list and all items added to the list in future are shared with Theo and Tudor.   In addition, items that have the Personal and/or Sports tag (and that will be added in future) are shared with both Adam and Deb.

If you’re sharing using Tags, there are 3 options:

  • Share items with ANY of these tags
  • Share items with ALL of these tags
  • Share items EXCEPT those with ANY of these tags

Hopefully those options are self-explanatory.

When sharing a List, you could e.g. share items tagged as Personal with your spouse and share items tagged as Work Related with work colleagues. 

You can edit or delete sharing options at any time.  Simply edit the List, click the Sharing card and change the users, sharing options and/or tags.  To Delete a share, click the trash can button on the right.  The people you were sharing with will lose access to the List and its items immediately.

Add items to a List

Now that you have a new List, you can add items to it.   If you’re adding to a Task list, tap/click the blue  button at the bottom of the List to create a new Task.   If you’re adding to an Image list, tap/click the yellow + button to create a new Image.   If you’re adding to a Contact list, tap/click the orange + button to create a new Contact.

Note: you can add different types of items to Lists.  e.g. you can add Images to a Task list or Images to a Contacts list, etc.  To do that, tap/click the round button with 3 horizontal dots at the bottom of the list.   A popup menu will be shown so you can choose the type of item to create.  Alternatively, you can create e.g. an Image on an Image list and then drag and drop it onto a Task list.

Reordering Lists (including creating sub-Lists)

Use Drag and Drop to reorder Lists on your desktop.  i.e. tap/click and hold in the header section of the List you want to move.   As you drag, you’ll see vertical green drop-zones appear in-between other Lists showing where it’s appropriate to drop.  Drag the List onto one of those drop-zones and release to drop it there.   

Another way to reorder Lists is in the Desktop Settings.

Whichever way you perform the reordering, the List will stay in its new position until you move it again.

If you drag a List over another List, you’ll see horizontal green drop-zones appear in-between tasks.  If you drop on one of those, the List will be embedded in the other List.  i.e. it will become a sub-List.   NOTE: To Do lists and Day Planners cannot be embedded in other Lists like this.   i.e. only Lists you have created yourself can be embedded. 

If the list is pinned (i.e. you’ve tapped on the pin symbol at the top right of the list), when you drag it, the drop zones will be orange rather than green to indicate that a copy of the list and its contents will be created where you drop it. 

Filtering

Using Filters, you can temporarily restrict which items appear in a List.  e.g. when you arrive at the Grocers, you may want to filter your Shopping list to show only those items with the Grocers tag and with a Status of To Do (i.e. you need them!).

Tap/click the round button at the bottom of the list with 3 horizonal dots and then Filter  to set Filter options.  Tap/click .  In the selector choose what information by which you want to filter.  Choose Tags (the default) if you want to only show Tasks, Images and Contacts that have the tags you specify.   Choose Status if you want to only show items with the status(es) you specify (i.e. To Do, In Progress, Done).  Choose Name if you want to filter to show only those items that contain the text you specify in their name.  Choose Type if you only want to show items of certain type(s) – e.g. only Tasks or only Tasks and Images, etc.

You can combine filters.  i.e. after creating one Filter, click  again and create a second one.  The first might filter on e.g. Tags and the second on Status.  Items that match both filters will be returned.  In the screenshot, the list has been filtered to show only items that have the Grocers tag and that have a status of To Do or In Progress.

If your lists contain sub-lists, the Filter(s) will be applied to those sub-Lists as well.

Once you’ve finished with your Filter(s), you can remove them by tapping/clicking the trash can icon on the Filters page to restore all items to the List display.

To Do List

There’s one special List that’s ever-present in LifeChanger – the ToDo list.  You can have only one personal ToDo list.   But you can view the ToDo Lists of your Friends if they choose to share them with you.

You can embed other Lists in your ToDo list.  e.g. a “ToDo Later” list that holds lower priority tasks that you’ll get around to one day or e.g. 2 sub-Lists for Work related and Personal tasks.

Goal Lists

Goals that you create in the Goals section in LifeChanger can be added to your Desktop as Lists – see Desktops.  You can view and edit Goals and their contents either in the Goals section or on the Desktop.   

Goal lists appear on the Desktop with a purple color, by default, to distinguish them from regular lists.  Because they’re on your Desktop, they’ll be visible in your day-to-day use of LifeChanger and therefore stay at the forefront of your mind.  And, because you can position them next to your To Do list and/or Day Planner, you can make sure Goal related tasks make their way into your daily schedule easily.

You can create as many sub-lists as you like within a Goal to represent the different projects that will help you attain the Goal.  

You can use Goals and Projects to organize work and/or personal projects.   At LifeChanger we use Projects to manage feature enhancements and issues, marketing and sales plans.

Day Planner

The Day Planner is like a mini-calendar on steroids.   It has all the features of a regular calendar with some special features designed to take your productivity to new heights.

It needs more space than is available here so, read more about the Day Planner in the next section by clicking “Next: Day Planner” below.

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