Naturally, this is the most useful feature of the program. If you have managed to work with the categories part, this should be easier as much of the functionality is the same.
Adding a new task is similar to adding a new category. Simply click on the forth button on the top of the task window. Alternatively, if you want to use one of the templates (tasks due either on the same day or on the day after), click on the sixth button . If you want to add a sub-task to an existing task, click on that task once and then on the fifth button .
Once you create a new task (or when you edit it, by double-clicking on it), you are presented with the edit window, which has a variety of options you can set. The most important ones are the ones in the first tab , which relate to what the task is about. Even though you don't have to fill in the description box, sometimes it can be useful. If you have tasks that depend on each other, you might want to look into the prerequisites tab , which allows you to create dependencies among tasks.
Although the viewing of the tasks is by default hierarchical , you can also see them as a list , by clicking on the drop-down box on the top of the task window. It's not clear how this can be useful, but it's good to know that you have this option as well. Generally the tree view is more practical, particularly if you have a lot of tasks, as it allows you to hide them by collapsing some or all of the branches .
If a particular task is quite lengthy, you can set its progress status. You can do that by double-clicking on it and then going to the progress tab .
If you want to keep track on how much time you've spent on a particular task, you can do that by right-clicking on the task coach tray icon and selecting "start tracking effort" from the menu that appears. Once you do that, the tray icon should change so that you don't forget it. You can stop tracking effort by repeating the process but this time choosing "stop tracking effort" instead.