“Action Tags” – Creating Task Conditions by Email
When emailing tasks into Dooster – more here – either to create a task or as a reply to an email from Dooster – you can use Action Tags to set special actions / conditions.
For example the Action Tag #Assign Tom#* would assign the task to Tom. This means you can control your Dooster tasks without even logging into the task manager.
Action Tags you can set:
- Assign Tasks – by setting #Assign Susan#
- Due dates – by setting #Due Monday#
- Start dates – by setting #Start 2/2/16#
- Tags – by setting #Tag Monday#
- Priority – by setting #Priority A1#
- Task Watcher – by setting #Watcher Tom#
- Time / Cost Estimate – by setting #Estimate 2H# (for 2 hours – see below)
How to Use Action Tags
Simply send any email into your Dooster. Each Project / Task list has its own email address. Simply add this address to your contacts once and you’re good to go. (Set up takes less than 2 minutes).
Then add action tags to the start or end of your email’s Subject Line.
OR in the body of your email.
But don’t add them in the middle of a sentence. (See More re Placing Action Tags – below).
You can use several action tags in the same email.
If you make a mistake: Don’t worry. If you get any action tag wrong in any way, you’ll be emailed an error message “Error processing e-mailed task”. This will summarize what tags couldn’t be interpreted. Nothing will be added to your Dooster.
Action Tags for Assigning a Task
- The Team Member must already exist in your Dooster account.
- They must already belong to the project you mail into or the task will be assigned to yourself.
- Make sure you assign to the Team Member’s username.
- The person assigned to the task will get a notification / alert by email with all the details – eg priority / due date and so on.
Start and Due Date Action Tags
- The date is resolved in the user’s locale / regional settings – default is US ordering so change your settings if necessary.
- Dates can be provided in any format eg 01/01/2016 or 1/1/2016 or 2016-1-1 or 1-1-2016 or “1st January 2016”, etc.
- Alternatively, the date option can be provided as a day of the week – e.g. Monday will set the due date to the next specified week day from today. Tomorrow – will set the due date to tomorrow. Today will set the due date to today. Yesterday will set the due date to yesterday.
- OR as X days – e.g. 2 days will set the due date to x number of days from today.
Task Priority Action Tags
- Task Priorities can be specified as one single option, or two eg #Priority A3# sets the resulting task’s Importance to A and the Urgency to 3. Whereas #Priority A# only sets the Importance to A.
- (Importance is always A B or C. Urgency is 1 2 or 3 – read more here).
- Note that Importance and Urgency can also be set independently (for example as #importance A# or #urgency 1#.
Time / Cost Estimate Action Tags
- This lets you specify a time estimate for the task without having to log into the task manager.
- The special tag needs to be a combination of a number followed by a letter denoting the unit of measurement… e.g.#Estimate 1M# = 1 Minute…. similarly; 5H = 5 Hours; 2D = 2 Days; 4W = 4 weeks… and so on.
- Use CAPITALS / Uppercase. ie 5h won’t work. 5H will.
- The figure you email in will show in the Time and Cost pop up (in Task / “More Options”).
Task Watcher Action Tags
- Setting #watcher user1 user2 user3# will add one or more users to the list of task watchers / people involved / watching the task.
- Please note: these Team members who you want to watch the task must pre-exist in your Dooster account). Read more about Task Watchers here.
- You can use upper or lower case eg #assign or #Assign (but use uppercase for time estimates).
- You can use Tag or Tags ie #tags plural#.
- If you make a mistake the system will simply email you a quick error message. Nothing bad will happen! Nothing will be added to your Dooster incorrectly. Just try again.
- You can create new tags. But you cannot create new Team Members.
- Quotation marks: Where an option may require a space in itself, quotation marks can be used to surround it, e.g. #assign “Tom Thumb”#, in this instance,“Tom Thumb” would be considered a single option.
- You can use these action tags when replying to a Dooster generated task related e-mail alert (more info). For instance, User A creates a task and assigns it to User B. User B responds directly to that task via e-mail. This response creates a comment and any action tags User B entered will update the task.
- If no content is supplied in the body of the email, the requested “tag actions” will be applied but it won’t add a comment and should only update the task from those tags. (Note this depends because some email clients eg Gmail attach their own extra stuff to the body of the e-mail regardless of if it is empty, so a comment will still appear – but it will be meaningless and can be ignored).
- Pre-set conditions – eg where you have pre-set Auto Assign on Tasks Emailed In / and set their Due Status (more info) – Your emailed in tags will override these if they are present. Otherwise, it defaults to using the preset conditions.
- Action Tags do not appear in the resulting task.
MORE RE. PLACING THE ACTION TAGS
1) You can add the “action tags” to the start or end of your email’s Subject Line.
2) OR in the body of your email: You can add anywhere within the body of the e-mail provided they are at the start or end of a line (or on a line of their own).
These should work:
This is a line of text with a tag at the end #assign Alex#
#assign Alex# .. and this one has a tag at the beginning.
But this won’t work:
This is a line with a tag #assign mark# in the middle.
- All action tags must be on the same line e.g: #assign John# #priority A1# #tags tag1 tag2#
Note; If you’re adding the action tags at the *END of the email body*, watch out for email signatures or other email body content . eg Gmail might add a signature at the end. If there’s anything at all after the action tags then they won’t appear in your Dooster*.
See the Dooster.net Task and Project Organizing tool here