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Chapter 11. Managing Tasks > Understanding Tasks

Understanding Tasks

Tasks are activities planned for the future, but not things you must do on a specific day or at a specific time, although they might have a start date and a due date. This is in contrast to appointments, which always have a specific date and time, and events that always occur on a specific day or days.

Here are a couple of examples to clarify the distinction between tasks and appointments. When you arrange a visit to the dentist, you create an appointment for a specific date and time. On the other hand, when your boss says, "It's time we had a Web page. I'd like to have it up and running by the end of next month," that's a task. No specific date and time are set when you must work on the project, but you must have it done by a certain date.


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