Category Archives: tasker

Developing a sense of time with Tasker alerts on my Android phone

I wanted to get a better sense of time, so I configured my phone to vibrate every half-hour in a short pattern of two quick bursts. That way, I can feel time passing, and I can distinguish these vibrations from message alerts. I used the following Tasker script:

Profile: Buzz time (13)
Time: From 08:00 every 30m Till 22:00
Enter: Anon (14)
A1: Vibrate Pattern [ Pattern:0,100,100,100 ]

After the quick buzz, I usually glance at the clock to confirm the time. It’s a handy way to remember that time is passing and that I should make the most of it. It’s not a big distraction. I can still stay in flow when I’m coding or writing. If I find myself wandering, I can bring myself back.

I don’t remember whose blog post started me down this path of making time a sense, but that was a good idea. (If you recognize yourself, please comment!)

Recreating and enhancing my tracking interface by using Tasker and Javascript

I got tired of setting up Tasker scripts by tapping them into my phone, so I looked into how to create Tasker interfaces using Javascript. First, I created a folder in Dropbox, and I used Dropsync to synchronize it with my phone. Then I created a simple test.html in that folder. I created a Tasker scene with a WebView that loaded the file. Then I started digging into how I can perform tasks, load applications, and send intents to Evernote so that I can create notes with pre-filled text. I really liked being able to reorder items and create additional screens using Emacs instead of Tasker’s interface.

Here’s my code at the moment. It relies on other Tasker tasks I’ve already created, so it’s not a standalone example you can use right off the bat. Still, it might be useful for ideas.


        <title>Sacha's personal tracking interface</title>
        <style type="text/css">
         button { padding: 20px; font-size: large; width: 45%; display: inline-block  }
        <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
        <div id="feedback"></div>
        <!-- For making it easy to track things -->
        <div class="screen" id="main-screen">
        <button class="note">Do</button>
        <button class="note">Think</button>
        <button class="note">Note</button>
        <button class="note">Journal</button>
        <button class="switch-screen" data-screen="track-screen">Track</button>
        <button class="switch-screen" data-screen="play-screen">Play</button>
        <button class="switch-screen" data-screen="eat-screen">Eat</button>
        <button class="switch-screen" data-screen="energy-screen">Energy</button>
        <button id="reload">Reload</button>
        <div class="screen" id="play-screen">
            <button class="play">Persona 3</button>
            <button class="play">Ni No Kuni</button>
            <button class="play">Hobbit</button>
            <button class="switch-screen"
        <div class="screen" id="energy-screen">
            <button class="energy">5</button><br />
            <button class="energy">4</button><br />
            <button class="energy">3</button><br />
            <button class="energy">2</button><br />
            <button class="energy">1</button><br />
            <button class="switch-screen"
        <div class="screen" id="eat-screen">
            <button class="eat">Breakfast</button>
            <button class="eat">Lunch</button>
            <button class="eat">Dinner</button>
            <button class="switch-screen"
        <div class="screen" id="track-screen">
            <button class="update-qa">Routines</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Subway</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Coding</button>
            <button class="update-qa">E1 Gen</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Drawing</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Cook</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Kitchen</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Tidy</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Relax</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Family</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Walk Other</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Nonfiction</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Laundry</button>
            <button class="update-qa">Sleep</button>
            <button id="goToWeb">Web</button>
            <button class="switch-screen" data-screen="main-screen">Back</button>
         function updateQuantifiedAwesome(category) {
             performTask('Update QA', null, category);

         function showFeedback(s) {
         function switchScreen(s) {
             $('#' + s).show();

         $('.switch-screen').click(function() {
         function createEvernote(title, body) {
             sendIntent('com.evernote.action.CREATE_NEW_NOTE', 'activity',
                        '', '', 'none', '', '',
                        ['android.intent.extra.TITLE:' + (title || ''),
                         'android.intent.extra.TEXT:' + (body || '')]);
         $('.note').click(function() {
         $('.energy').click(function() {
             createEvernote('Energy', 'Energy ' + $(this).text() + ' ');
         $('#reload').click(function() {
             performTask('Reload Test');
         $('.update-qa').click(function() {
             updateQuantifiedAwesome($(this).attr('data-cat') || $(this).text());
             hideScene('Test View');
         $('#goToWeb').click(function() {
         $('.eat').click(function() {
         $('.play').click(function() {
             performTask('Play', null, $(this).text());



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