Why different task categories?
Your coursework is not always the same. You may have to read an article, take an exam, or write a paper. We divided your tasks into 4 main categories: Readings (Books and Article Types), Tests, Assignments, and Ungraded. This makes scanning of your Pile of tasks easier. Additionally, different categories have different functionalities (described below).
To create tasks, you first need to create task sub-categories in the appropriate task category.
Add a task sub-category
To add a task sub-category, click the ‘+’ button next to each task category.
You’ll drag a task-subcategory from the sidebar into the calendar to create individual tasks.
A task sub-category can have an unlimited number of tasks. For example, if you have 15 quizzes, create one task sub-category called ‘Quiz’ and drag it into the calendar 15 times or use Shovel’s ‘repeat task’ functionality to create 15 Quizzes at the same time.
• Time Per Page
For each reading source, enter the time you need to read one page and Shovel will calculate how long each reading will take. When you adjust your time per page, Shovel will adjust all reading tasks appropriately. You’ll always know how long each reading will take.
Enter all the books you have to read.
• Article Types
You may have to read a lot of PDFs or online articles. Depending on the formatting, one page of a certain article type (ex: Single-Spaced PDF) will read slower than a Double-Spaced PDF.
Enter the text categories you have to study for and take at a certain time. If you have multiple tasks in one category, only enter the category once. For example, if you have 15 Quizzes, only enter the category ‘Quiz.’ You’ll create those 15 tasks in that category and name them appropriately.
Enter the assignment categories you have to work on and hand it. If you have multiple tasks in one category, only enter the category once. For example, if you have 10 Problem Sets, only enter the category ‘Problem Set.’ You’ll create those 10 tasks in that category and name them appropriately.
Enter the task categories that are not readings and that you will not be graded on.