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Building Relationships: Tasks & History

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“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”  ~Proverbs 21:5.

TntConnect offers two different ways to view tasks and history.

1.View items individually or for the Current Group on the Tasks/History tabs in the Contact View.
2.View all tasks and history for all contacts using the Task View and History View. In both of these areas, you can filter the list to see only relevant results.

The tasks and history tabs are in the Contact View and show the tasks and history for the selected contact or the Current Group. In most cases, you will only view tasks and history for a selected contact.

Task Tab

For many missionaries, most of their scheduled tasks are created automatically by TntConnect in response to gifts given. The primary tasks that you would typically schedule would be appointments (so they appear on both the calendar and the task list), and call backs where you specified a date and time for the call.

If you are calling groups of people (for example, everyone whose TNT Phase is "Call for Appts"), then you do not need to schedule a task for them, since their TNT Phase already implies they need a call).

History Tab

Tasks View and History View

Tasks View

History View

You can filter your tasks or history by date range, task type, or description. On History, you can also "Combine Group History Items"; that is, display as one history item all history that was created using Group Log History.

Powerful history tools are at your fingertips with the History filters

Although both the Tasks View and History View use these same filters, you are far more likely to use these powerful tools when reviewing your history.

Filter by Date Range

You can auto-filter by date using any of the options, or select any date using the Custom date range.

In the Tasks View, the default date range does not include future tasks. This allows you to schedule tasks in the future, but not have them clogging up your current task list.

Note: If you uncheck one of the dates on the date range filter, TntConnect will filter infinitely in that direction. For example, you do not need to select a date way back in time to review your oldest history. Just uncheck the first date box, and the filter will capture all history from the first available date until the "To" date (the second date):

Filter by Task Type

By default, TntConnect displays all tasks for the selected date range. If you want to see tasks/history of specific task types, check just the task type(s) you want to view.

Filter by Description

At the top of the task/history list is a long box. When you type anything in that box, it turns red, and then filters the list of tasks/history by the text you have written. This filter searches all task/history descriptions, the notes inside those tasks, and the task Type as well; it is a dynamic filter, meaning it filters your whole displayed list as you type each character.

Example. If you select to filter by the Task Type "Thank", you will only see tasks/history that used the task type of "Thank". BUT, if you type "(Thank)" in the description filter, you will see ALL tasks/history that have the "Thank" checkbox checked, whether that Thank was a call, email, text, etc. The same applies to the word "(Challenge)", since any task/history can be marked as a "Partnership Challenge".

View Details

TntConnect records the last Appointment, Call, Thank, Letter, and Pre-Call Letter. For that reason, it helps to be consistent about which task type you are using when logging history for a contact. You can view the Gift Details on the TNT tab and the History Details on the History tab, and access this pop-up box by pressing Ctrl+D.

Data Changes

TntConnect logs when you perform certain actions, such as adding a new contact, changing a contact field value, updating a pledge, or adding/removing from a group. This automatic logging can be very helpful when you find yourself wondering when you made a change. And it is particularly helpful in a shared database or in a fund development situation where many users may be making changes. In most cases, the Data Change includes the name of the user logged in when the change was made.

Here are the types of changes that TntConnect logs:

A history is logged when a new contact is added.
A history is logged when changes are made to a contact, including recording which fields changed and what the old and new fields are.
A history is logged when a contact's pledge is changed, along with the change to the pledge. The log includes a large plus (+) or minus (-) sign as well as indicating the old and new pledge amounts.
A history is logged when a contact's notes are changed, showing each line added or removed.
A history is logged when a contact is added to or removed from a saved group (as this can create a substantial number of logs that may not be helpful to you, this one logging activity can be disabled in Tools | Options | User Interface).

Because these data changes can be numerous but also are not "relationally significant" (such as appointments, thank yous, and phone calls are), you can easily hide data changes both on an individual contact's history log as well as the History View:

Hide Change Logs on the History Tab:

Hide Change Logs on the History View (bottom right of screen):

NOTE: You can also undo a data change by right-clicking on it and selecting Revert Data Changes.

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Comments on this Help Topic

confianavs wrote re: Tasks & History
on 7 Oct 2009 7:29 PM

In the most recently downloaded version, I am having a problem under the History tab. All "call" entries that have "attempted" as a result have the entire text of the entry scored through. How do I change this to normal text? For some reason, all my ATTEMPTED entries changed to scored text when I last downloaded the updated version. Thanks for the help.

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Tasks & History
on 10 Nov 2009 4:53 PM

In TntMPD 2.1 r9 or newer:  Under the "Tools" menu, click on "Options".  Then click the "User Interface" tab.  Uncheck the box for "Draw a line through attempted history items."

benjaminandmonica wrote re: Tasks & History
on 7 Sep 2010 5:33 AM

Is there a way to create multiple histories or tasks?  for instance, If I wanted to select a certain number of contacts to send a letter to.  Then I want to follow up with all of those people with a phone call a couple of weeks later.  Is there a way that I can select those specific contacts, then create a history item (sent letter on 9/1) and a task (call on 9/14)?  

I'm on a Mac btw.  :)

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Tasks & History
on 2 Oct 2010 4:56 AM

For all the contacts in the Current Group, you can do this.  Under the "Group Actions" menu you'll see choices for this.  You can do a lookup to customize the Current Group.

Anonymous wrote re: Tasks & History
on 22 Jan 2013 1:55 PM

I would like to clear all the entries that are in tasks. Is there a way I can do this?

Bob Mac Leod wrote re: Tasks & History
on 22 Jan 2013 2:34 PM

Yes, it is easy. Select the first task, then scroll to the bottom. Press your SHIFT key, then click on the last task. This should select all of the tasks in the list. Press the DELETE key, or right-click in the list and select Delete.

More importantly, it may be helpful to resolve WHY you have tasks you are not performing. If you do not want Automatic Actions created, go to Tools | Options and the Gifts tab. From there you can turn that feature on/off, or control the specific types of tasks that are automatically generated in response to donor activity.

Addison Tweedy wrote re: Tasks & History
on 24 Jun 2013 12:59 AM

Why are some of my items in history highlighted in black? This happened on the latest beta of tnt for mac.

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Tasks & History
on 24 Jun 2013 11:35 PM

Addison, this issue is addressed in the current release (3.0.9).  Also, there's another bug fix coming in 3.0.10.

bpbaumer wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 13 Nov 2013 4:22 PM

Is there any type of alert for tasks?  Or exporting tasks to an imac calendar?

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 13 Nov 2013 7:52 PM

I'm afraid it's a "no" on both questions.  :(

danlaurajacobson wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 6 Jun 2014 2:24 AM

is there any way I can link a file into the history of a contact?

Bob Mac Leod wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 6 Jun 2014 1:14 PM

No, TntMPD does not offer this feature. Hypothetically, of course, you could hyperlink. One idea I thought of was scanning my partner's Christmas / Year-end letters and storing them in Evernote, then referencing the Evernote URL for that letter to each contact's history.

Lasantha wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 14 Feb 2015 7:18 AM

I don't see any delails in Clanedr , And I also don't know how to use calender ?

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 19 Feb 2015 5:19 AM

Lasantha, the Calendar view shows all "Appointment" tasks that have a start time and length.

Bob Mac Leod wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 20 Feb 2015 6:20 PM

Also, Lasantha, the Calendar in TntMPD is not like a Google or Outlook calendar. It is not meant to be a robust time-management tool. It's just a display of activities already scheduled in your task list (if they have a time and length).

KarenDodson wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 2 Jan 2017 7:22 PM

Is there any way to upload giving history for my contacts from an Excel worksheet? All my support is up to date since I started using TNT but I have years of giving history from before I started using TNT that I would love to add. Do I have to do that all manually?

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 11 Jan 2017 10:40 PM

Karen, this guide ( explains how to take gifts in Excel and format them in the specific way TntConnect needs to import them.

Hawkinsinparis wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 8 Mar 2018 3:17 PM

Hi Troy,

Thanks again for a tool that's been incredibly helpful.  I'm having an issue with the task feature.  Whether we've sent a thank you of some sort or not it seems to want to include a need for a thank you in the task list (mostly in red saying we haven't thanked someone in X number of months.  Sometimes it's in double digits.  When I look in the history we'll have just sent a thank you a month or two before.  Is this happening to anyone else?  JSYK, my wife and I use the dropbox feature so we both enter at different times on our computers and assume all syncs OK.  Any wisdom for me?

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 2 Apr 2018 5:41 PM

@Hawkinsinparis, TntConnect needs to know when your last thank you was sent.  It does this by looking at the contact's history.  You can log a "Thank you", or you can mark any other history item as being a thank-you.  Let's say you sent an email, you can log an email, but mark it as a thank-you.

Michael Currier wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 13 May 2020 1:36 PM

Hi, is there a way to adjust the auto settings for the 'Thank' task prompts? I'd prefer to have the auto setting at 3 months (the current setting prompts at 6 months since the last 'thank').

As a side note...we've been TNT users for a long time and really appreciate the good thinking/planning reflected in this app.

-Michael Currier

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Building Relationships: Tasks & History
on 18 May 2020 4:59 PM

Hi Michael,  Under the "Tools" menu, click on "Options".  In the "Automatic Actions" section, you can control this.  --Troy

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