The Sum of the Parts

This summer opened my eyes to trying new things with task management. I had a great, wonderful system, and then split it in two. Then I tried Reminders instead, and loved it even more when I got my Apple Watch. And life as I knew it was going along just fine. Until something just felt off.

I couldn’t put my finger on it. I was accomplishing what I needed, and there wasn’t really a hole in my system. Life had just gone from chaotic to simplistic. And maybe that’s why things felt wrong. I can’t explain why, but it just didn’t feel right anymore. I’m sure it’s a bit of a sickness, but I have come to realize I need to have some complexity in my life.

So I started thinking of what to do next. Did I need to try a new system? I’ve tried OmniFocus, Things, Due, etc. and nothing really stuck, despite those apps being great in their own ways. I thought about what made the Reminders experiment so great: the simplicity. But yet, when I needed to look at everything going on, it was cumbersome at best. I tried to make something work, but it just felt wrong to me. So maybe it wasn’t a problem of the tools I have and what I’m using, but rather how I’m using them (or not).

And it’s led me to a strange, crazy place.
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Over the summer, I experimented with a lot of different app configurations. I tried too many task management apps to see how different things fared. I loved my solution, but I wanted to see what else was out there. Then I bifurcated my tasks and used two apps. Splitting my brain in this way was tough, but has been extremely rewarding.

A few months later, I found myself with an Apple Watch. Continue reading “Basic”

2Do Goes Free

With the latest update in the App Store, 2Do has gone free for 14 days, with an in-app purchase to keep pro features. But the big news here: if you’ve ever wanted to try the app out in its full capability can now do so to see if switching to 2Do is right for them.

Although I am happy to support developers — as I’ve probably purchased hundreds of dollars of apps — I’m really happy to see this type of change for productivity apps. So many of these types of apps need to have sustainable business models to keep them around, and are worthy of a higher price. But many users are hesitant to buy before they try. I like that these apps are starting to explore the try-before-you-buy model, and I hope that it brings more revenue to the developers that deserve it.

As I’ve written many times before, 2Do is the best task management system I have ever used on iOS, hands down. And I’m really excited about the potential of a big 4.0 release in the future, full of a long wishlist of new features.1

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to move to a new system, to try the best, now is your chance. What’s holding you back? Nothing now – go get 2Do on the App Store for free (to try). And if you like it, get the IAP, and support its continued development.

  1. Not that I would ever send that to Fahad. Nope. Not me. I wouldn’t send him a super-long list of things I’d love to see in the app, causing him to work night and day. Because that would be cruel. (Sorry Fahad. So sorry) 

Something Different, Something New

I often can get stuck in my ways. I might find something I really like, and use it until it breaks. And then I’ll go get the same thing to replace it. The exception is apps: I like trying things, even if I only end up back where I began. And when I find a great app, it usually makes me want to use it often.

For a long time now, I’ve used Drafts for all of my writing. I absolutely love Drafts: I’ve written about my love for it and the amazing things it can do multiple times over. I write and process posts through Drafts, using a combination of keys, actions, and Workflow to get them published. If my dreams come true for the next big version of Drafts, it will further cement it as the single app on iOS that I can’t live without.

There are three main ways that I use Drafts on a regular basis (for writing):

  1. short snippets of text that I need to transform into something else in another app
  2. my daily journal entries (typically short)
  3. my website (usually too long)

The first two are made easier with Drafts, due to the custom workflows I have set up to make them happen. But having a dedicated app to concentrate on my website, where I don’t get distracted — by notes, calendar entries and tasks that reside in Drafts before they are sent elsewhere — is extremely appealing to allow me to write in a more focused manner.

So in the year of great writing apps, and my own interests with trials and experiments, I began feeling like maybe I should sit down and really give some dedicated apps a shot. Am I using the right tool for the job? Are there things that I’m missing or could improve upon by not trying something different, something new?
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