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Chapter 8. Tasks > Task Basics

Task Basics

8.1. What Are Tasks?

An Outlook task is a job or unit of work that you want to be scheduled, be reminded of, track, or share with other people. Tasks can be as simple as a telephone call that you need to remember to make, or they can be complex and involve multiple people. Although Outlook is certainly not a competitor to a real task-management application such as Microsoft Project, its tasks enable you to set start and finish dates, as well as estimate working hours and then track the percentage of work done as the task progresses. As with many other Outlook types, tasks can be associated with categories and contacts.

8.2. What Can I Use Tasks For?

Tasks are a means of tracking your work, so there are an infinite number of possible examples. However, here are a few examples (split into personal as well as business) that should give you some good ideas:


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