Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Effectiveness Habits: Ideas Post

Here will write and read all the ideas about how to further enhance the My Effectiveness Habits application:

 

Available in Android Market

155 comments:

  1. Hi, thank you for making this.
    I'm really fascinated by this app :)
    Some things that you might to work on though:
    1.Influence and concerns should be seperated.
    2.Weekly worksheet for planning of time.
    3.For the 4 quadrants of importance/urgency, have bigger quadrants and smaller font that so that everything that is within the quadrant is reflected.
    4. Allow a distinction between long term and short term goals in the roles page.

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  2. Hi, Junwen,

    Thanks a lot for comments and nice words :). Your points are very actual, let me try to comment on them:
    1. According to the book, influences are themselves concerns, with the only difference is that you have control over them and you should concentrate on them to be more productive. Here, this page is given for you to visualize that. Currently, it's pretty simple, but we're thinking of adding "description" or "details" section to it, so you can give more details to a concern/influence, what and why you think of it.

    2. Weekly worksheet is very poor now, we agree. Needs to be reworked to be calendar style or at least more visual, more cosy to use.

    3. It's not obvious, but you can click any quadrant on it's free space and you will see it half-page sized, with bigger font and and more place for details. You can click on "more" and choose "view" for an action - you will see it on a separate screen with full text, priorities, etc.

    4. That's what we thought about, too, thanks for pointing. We will add that.

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  3. Добрый день. Здравствуйте.
    I just discovered this today and I really like the idea. It is almost exactly what I need. I think if you had a desktop app that could sync with android you would have a 5 star product. In any event, I'm looking forward to see how this develops. Keep up the good work!!! I wish I could do what you did!
    Спасибо. Andrew

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  4. Добрый день, Andrew :)

    Thanks a lot for your words. Your support is actually what keeps us doing something, it motivates us better than anything else could :).

    As regarding the desktop app - we agree that it is a great idea and would be a natural supplement. We might start writing one once we finish main parts of the mobile version.

    Спасибо. AndTek

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    1. I heartily agree!!!!!!! A desktop app with a sync to phone function would be enough to put you in the will!:)) please update us on the progress of this endeavor. Thx!!

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    2. I mostly work from my PC and just update or confirm my schedule from my tablet. I'd love to try this program from my desktop. Do you think you might be rolling something out anytime soon? Thanks - looks like a great app!

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    3. Hi Merry,
      We're now working on a way to integrate with Google tasks. Will go on with our own app later. I can't tell you of the exact dates, unfortunately.

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    4. Hi, any news on the desktop version?

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    5. Hi Iván, no news, working on it.

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    6. Happy New Year!! Please release the desktop version as it will really enhance the efficiency of this wonderful app.

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    7. yeahhh most of us would kill or die for a desktop Version (sorry I watched too much games of Thrones this weekend) Congrats for the app, it's awesome. I would deff pay for it

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    8. This is the best, so excited - my phone's always on me for reminders! Yes as LTelly said I too will put you in my will for the desktop app!! :))) many thanks, lifesavers

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  5. Hello,

    I was looking for an application to help me organize my life, something more that just a simple task application.
    I haven't found anything close to what I was looking for, before finding this little thing you are developing - and that shows much potential.

    You have to think that not everyone will use that exactly in the way you thought about it - but in my opinion it will make for a great action/project planner.

    Some things I didn't found and thought would be required and/or problems:

    1) At the time I write this comment, I just updated the app. After updating it won't open anymore, it just crashes from the start. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling but no luck. I have a LG P990 phone. This must be solved :))

    2) There was no link between the goals and the tasks/actions/projects. In the page with the four quadrants I could select a specific task, it said that is ordered by goal and it has no goal attached - but there was no way to attach one.
    3) Also, the "View" and "Edit" actions related to tasks were behaving odd...
    4) The tasks need to be linked to a calendar;
    5) You have to be able to set alarms for tasks or sub-tasks...

    There probably were some other things but as the application do not function anymore this is all for now as I don't remember the other things :)

    I will keep in touch!

    Thanks,
    Stefan

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  6. Hi Stefan,

    Thanks a lot for your comments. As regarding the first issue, the FC - can you us give some details on what OS version your phone has?

    We're getting error reports, but can't figure out what causes that error - on our local devices all work. So, any more detail would be of great help.

    Thank you, we'll write on other points separately.

    Best regards,
    AndTek

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  7. OS Version: 2.6.32.9

    Anyway, after the last update this morning it started to work again...

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  8. Stefan,

    Thanks a lot for replies. Really glad it fixed it :). Will return to other points later today.

    Best regards,
    AndTek

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  9. Just updated to 0.7.7.1

    I can go to the other screens, but when entering the tasks screen it crashes always...

    Also, I was waiting for your comments regarding the rest of my initial post.

    Thanks,
    Stefan

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  10. Stefan,

    We found the cause of error, will roll out update now.

    Regarding your points:
    2) There was no link between the goals and the tasks/actions/projects.
    - you go slightly from a different side: you first define your role, then you set goals for your role, then add actions to reach those actions. This way, all your actions are within the context of roles and goals. If you add actions without any goal and role, it will be just action by itself.


    3) Also, the "View" and "Edit" actions related to tasks were behaving odd...
    - If you're talking about Actions and FirstThings page, View and Edit are not intuitive to some users, so there is a plan to change their behaviour.

    4) The tasks need to be linked to a calendar;
    - this is to be done

    5) You have to be able to set alarms for tasks or sub-tasks...
    - alarms are a good idea, but will probably do after main part is finished. Current reminder function is a kind of notification

    Really sorry for the delay.

    Best regards,
    AndTek

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  11. Hello AndTek,

    that is exactly the tool I searched for, Perfect! - 5 STARS.
    At the moment I use every day a pen & paper for the Eisenhauer-Matrix (my daly to-do-list).

    The app runs very well on my SmartPhone, but it do not look very nice at my tablet (Galaxy Tab 10.1n). The app is always vertical, so that i have to turn my tablett (normaly I work horizontaly). And the four quadrants are realy small (they have exactly the same (small) size like on my SmartPhone). It would be perfect if you would/could optimize the app for tablet use.

    And here are some more ideas and wishes from me:

    1. At the overview (the four quadrants) you can not see very well which task/action is finished/done. If I see it correctly, the colour of the task changed in a kind of grey insted of white, if a task is finished. But it is difficult to the see the diffrent, because it is not crossed out. If I open a quadrant I see it very good, the font colour is grey and the word is crossed out.
    (Okay, I could delete the task completly, but it is nessesary for me to motivate me during the day, so that I could see: "Oh, great i already crossed five (importent) tasks out. :-) )


    2. If you flag a task at the overview as "done", the colour don't change into the grey. If you open a quadrant and exit it, than the colour is changed. In my opinion it is nessesary to make a screenupdate after the change "done / don't done".

    3. I agree with Stefan, not everyone will use the app exactly in the way you thought about it. In my example I will use the "First Thinks First". In this special case it would be perfect if I could start the app directly with this part of the App. Maybe it is possible to add "personal Settings" to set each part of the app as "Start Screen".

    4. I use at least three diffrent Eisenhauer-matrixes.
    - a daly matrix for business/work
    - a long term matrix for business/work (tasks for the next months / years)
    - a private matrix for long term goals
    Maybe it is possible to create more than only one matrix.

    5. Is it possible to close the keyboard and to select the new task automaticly, after I add a new task? That would reduce the quantities of clicks.

    6. Which function have the number 1, 2, 3, 4 in each quadrant? Without these numbers you could show always five tasks instead of only 4.

    7. And yes, a alarm function would be fine.

    I'm looking forward to see how this develops. - Good luck!

    Thanks,
    Thomas

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    1. Hi Thomas,

      We want to ask you, and, in your face, other users, regarding the p. 3 in your suggestions, to be able to open the app directly to the First Things First screen.

      There are 2 ways to implement it:

      1. android allows you to add 2 shortcuts to the application list, pointing to different pages. If we go this way, there will be 2 application item shortcuts in your app list, e.g.: My Effectiveness Habits and First Things First. They both will point to the same application, but different pages.

      2. create 1 item in your application list, create a settings option, on starting the application navigate to either page based on that option.

      The first one feels very natural to us, it actually allows you to have 2 different names for those shortcuts, but it adds another app shortcut.

      The second one has 1 shortcut, but might be a bit cumbersome some times, e.g., when you'll want to go to the Roles page (we often do want :-).

      So, your ideas on the matter would be helpful.

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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    2. Hi,

      it is exactly like you say... Both ways have advantages and disadvantages.

      I think number 1 have more advantages, because it is flexible.
      You have many AppItems, but normaly you will copy only the apps to your home screen, which you will use very often. With this version everyone could select, if he/she want to copy both or only one of them to the home screen.

      For me would be No. 2 also very fine. :-)


      What is the status concerning the tablett version? - That would be perfect. :)

      Thanks in advance.

      Bye Thomas

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  12. Hi Thomas,

    Thanks a lot for your detailed feedback. We will use your every suggestion to improve the app: some of them are straight to implement, some to think about, some to discuss :). Let us return to them a bit later.

    Happy Holidays!

    Best regards,
    AndTek

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  13. I am interested in trying out this ap. Does it have rotation capability for tablet owners?

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  14. Hi jen,

    Sorry, have not yet - we are limited in time and resources, so are concentrated now on main functionality. Tablet support is important for us, will optimize the app for it a little bit later.

    Best regards,
    AndTek

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  15. Hello AndTek,

    here a further idea to improve your app (First Things).

    On a Smartphone you can only see 4 items on each quadrant, but I gues most users will have more than only 4 items. You could offer a button to expand (zoom in) in one quadrant. In this view it is possible to see at least 10-12 items of this quadrant.

    In this view you could offer to slide to the next left or right quadrant.

    I'm looking forward to see the next versions of the App. - Good Luck.

    Thanks and Best regards from Germany
    Bye Thomas

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  16. Thomas,

    Thanks for the feedback. Good news are - such "zoom" exists - the Actions page. If you click on the Quadrant, at somewhere free from item (e.g., on the number of the quadrant) - that will lead you to the Actions page - there you will have more items, bigger font size, ability to switch between quadrants, ability to filter by goals.

    Bad news are - since you haven't found that, it means it's not intuitive, so that's a work for us.

    Also, can you tell a little bit more about screen size of your phone? It should show more than 4 items in FTF quadrant. For example, on my phone it shows 6 of them.

    Thanks again for the feedback, we really appreciate it a lot.

    Best regards,
    AndTek

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    1. Hi,

      thank you for your feedback...
      Oh yes, of course that with the Action Page works. :-)

      I use a Samsung Galaxy S2 and you are right, there are more than 4 ... In my case are there 5 1/2 items on each quadrant.

      And on the Action page 6 items. On this page I would say it would be also possible to show 10-12 on a page.

      br
      Thomas

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  17. Please oh please make this app for Iphone as well :)
    I have been using your app for my HTC Legend and it have helped me use the principles of effective living from the 7 habits in my daily life. I am soon to switch to an Iphone and I would be lost without your app ;)

    Best Regards,
    Per

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    1. Dear Per,

      We too want to create an iPhone version, and have sync between them, but unfortunately none of us knows iOS programming and that will take significant time.

      By the way, are you sure you don't want to think about moving to iPhone from Android? :) There are lots of cool phones out there now, which are at least no worse than iPhone (though many will argue, of course :)

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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  18. I have just e-mailed you directly.

    Congratulations on this great app!
    Any chance it can integrate with the ever popular Jorte Calendar or Google Calendar?

    Steve Walters.
    Small Business Helper Limited.
    www.smehelper.com

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    1. I have the same question. Can this app sync with Google Calendar?

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  19. Great application! Sometimes when I'm thinking an planning, just being able to type everything out on the laptop is most efficient, and then being able to carry it with me everywhere on my android tablet is most effective. Any expectations for a web/online companion application that syncs with the app??!! Thanks!

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    1. Hi there,
      Yes, we plan to have a web app, but no definite dates we can tell about.
      BR,
      AndTek

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    2. Hi AndTek. I have the same question above: Would it be possible to develop this app for Web?

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    3. Hi Marcos, we are working on the web app, but are rather slow - have little resources for that.

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    4. For this web app, you will rock. and I would like to donate for that

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    5. I am also waiting for this app to be available on Web.

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  20. Hi,

    Do you have any plans to allow for syncing of this app with Google Calendar/Tasks? I am not sure how the logistics would work, but it would be very helpful.

    Thank you for creating such a great product.

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    1. Hi,

      We plan to have sync with Google Tasks. And we're not sure about the logistics, too, so the question is open.

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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  21. Hi how do i set a action to be scheduled for each day of the week, currently i can only seem to set it for one day? Or on for two days etc?

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    1. Hi,
      Currently, only can set for one day. If that's a required feature, we might have to give implementation of it a higher priority. Do often use such actions?

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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    2. ok, it would be good if it could do that. As i do often use such features. I have tried many goal apps and yours is by far the best i really like the way you have set it up. Just disapointed about not being able to do repeated actions on daily basis as this action is generally found in other apps. It would show the progress of my goal and if i didnt complete such tasks the assigned days it would mean i am not really progressing. Hope that makes sense.

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    3. some of my goals dont really have a end date its a continual progress that requires daily, or weekly or monthly action for me to keep progressing.

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    4. Yes, it does make sense, we'll just need to think of how to fit it into the current scheme, both from user's point and from technical, and add it to the plan :).
      Thank you!

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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    5. Hi there,

      i would like to +1 the original comment. It strikes me that quadrant 2/proactive tasks are more often than not repetitive!?! eg. exercising, educational reading, etc.

      I have only recently downloaded your app, and am so far loving what I see, I haven't found another app that caters for the 7 habits approach so well. I agree that it would be great (actually, essential) to have a web app and/or Google Calendar/Tasks integration. I have been using GQueues up to now, which is a great application integrated into Google Cal/Tasks. Currently though their weakness is what you excel at and vice versa. Might be worth taking a look at their set up?

      Very excited to see what's ahead! Keep up the good work,

      Gareth

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    6. Hi Gareth,

      Thanks a lot for writing and for trying the app. Really hope you like it :).

      We fully agree - repeating tasks are very needed. As well as web and calendar, not necessarily google. We are working on these, though not at the pace we'd like to. But, we're quite determined to make it a fully shaped product, with all the necessary features. So, please, stay tuned :)

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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  22. Dear Andtek
    Thank you for such a nice app. I am looking for desktop version and sync options.

    Is there any future plan.
    With regards,
    Barikul

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    1. Hi Barikul,

      Thank you for using it. We have plans, just are a bit short of resources, hope to make it as early as possible.

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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  23. Hi,

    thank you for the updates. It is fine, that the app now support tablets. But on my tablet, I couldn't see the line with the four colors at the bottom on the sceen (compare the secound screen at the top on this page) to select one of them.

    I use the Galaxy 10.1 and on the bottom of the screen is always a kind of a status bar with basic functions from the tablet.

    It would be fine, if you could solve this issue.

    Best regards from Germany

    Thomas

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    1. Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for constantly giving us feedback, we really appreciate that. Actually, we're not yet supporting tablets, just the landscape mode in phones. Regarding the issue you've written about - we'll check that, thanks.

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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  24. Hi there,

    If I have a repeated action which is a list, when I tick off some items for example on Thursday, they appear as ticked off on Friday. Am I missing something?

    A great app, keep it up! !

    All the best.


    John

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    1. Hi John,

      For checklist we don't store date of checking, so once checked, they're always shown as off. Writing this I realize we missed this point, thanks for noting.

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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  25. Hi everyone,

    Where in My Effectiveness Habits would you write up or see objectives - daily ones, weekly, monthly, annual?

    The Goals are of course objectives. But it is useful to see them brought together.

    Haven't got my head round this one.

    Cheers.

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    1. Hi again :),

      Do you mean, repeating goals? Are you sure you want to repeat your goals? Can you give a simple example?

      Usually, you have a goal and may have repeating actions. For example, the goal might be "keep the good shape", and the repeatinig action would be "do morning exercises".

      There was additional proposal by one of the users to separate the goals into short-term/long-term, to have a filter on the FirstThings page, is it something like this?

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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  26. Dear Andtek,

    First of all thanks for your effort in this wonderful tool!

    One idea for this post is the implementation of an Evaluation phase at the end of the week as suggested in the book "First thing First" also from the Covey foundation.

    Regards

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    1. Hi Luca,

      Thanks for the suggestion. We'll have to read that book now :). Do we understand it right, that you mean giving user feedback about how well he did the previous week?

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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    2. Hi AndTek,

      In the book I mention there is a step by step guide to the First thing First method. The last step is evaluation, this step is meant to underline the accomplishment in a single unit (the currency of the Personal Integrity account).
      I just noticed that you develop in parallel to this application (my effectiveness habits) an expenses tracking app (JustExpenses: Expense tracker).
      Would it be possible to couple these two with the goal of tracking the reward of accomplished tasks and the withdraw in case of delaying of tasks?
      For the amount of currency, I would start with something easy, like giving each action a value depending on the quadrant where it is found: Q4:0, Q3:1, Q1:2, Q2:3 and give the possibility to the user to add additional value if he feels right (everyone knows that some task requires more integrity than others).

      My comments comes also from the fact that once an action is done, it can only be entirely deleted. Otherwise it will keep on be in the planning week. Once is deleted, it doesn't appear anymore anywhere. This is not bad in itself. However, keeping track of the accomplished action by moving them into an account would enable a better overview of the actions performed over time. Over the months it can also be a meter for the effectiveness of our weeks.

      Best regards and a wish for a merry celebration period!

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  27. Dear Andtek

    Is this available on PC. It would be great to be able to work on it on the PC and sync to mobile. Writing/updating the missions and other things would be allot quicker on a regular keyboard.

    Best regards
    Gudbjartur

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    1. Hi Gudbjartur,

      At this moment - no. We plan to create a web app with the capability to think with the device. We don't know exactly when will that happen, though :).

      Best regards,
      AndTek

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  28. Hi Andtek

    I came across your app after a long search/browse in app market for a better to-app assistance app. I found that your app is completely different and much better and employs the 4 quadrant principle as is. Thanks for creating such a wonderful app. Like mentioned in the previous post, I am also looking forward for the windows version of the app to use in my laptop.

    Also, could you please think about the option of adding accomplishments in the "first things" panel i.e. instead of showing completed tasks in strike through form, display them (along with their color code) in a separate tab below the 4 quadrants. This will add motivation to complete the tasks whenever you view the "first things" panel.

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    1. Hi Droidmar,

      First of all, thanks a lot for your nice words, hope the app does help you. Sorry for such late reply, we had to switch our attention a bit to some other things for some time.

      Regarding the option of seeing completed tasks on a separate panel - it's a good idea. The only problem is space required for such panel. Do you think we should a panel instead of Action details and Action inputs?

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    2. Hallo AndTek,

      Thanks for your feedback to my query. Indeed I was a bit cryptic. what i meant is that it would be great to keep track of accomplishments with what is named by Covey & Merril a "personal integrity account".
      For every action achieved during the week some credits are deposited in to the account. If actions are delayed then a withdrawal takes place.
      This would be an integral part of an Evaluation of the week.

      regards

      Luca

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  29. Reasent I was forced to use an Ipad In my work. I work alot outside the office and do alot of field work big part of the day. So is this app or will it be avalible on apple devices such as Ipad or Iphone.
    I have never been an apple fan but this was not my decision and I was hoping to be able to use the best tools also on apple.

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    1. Hi Guðbjartur,
      We don't think we'll create an iOS client. Simply because we don't have such skills :), i.e., we don't have an iOS developer. And in fact, we don't have enough resources for Android, too, because this is the project done in free time.

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  30. I use multiple android phones and tablets in my business. How can I use the same data over the different devices ?

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  31. Hi John,
    At this moment, you can backup application db (through application functionality) and manually move it to another device and restore it there. We are working on syncing now, but can't say anything about the terms.

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    1. that's fine with me. How do you do that exactly. And thank you for your quick reply.

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    2. John,
      To backup, on the main screen do:
      Press 'menu' > 'Backup/Restore' > 'Backup'. It will create a file with the current date/time as the name, and extension *.bcp under the folder: /mnt/sdcard/MyHabits/backup/19092012_222330.bcp. Place this file under same folder on other device and call 'Restore' instead of 'Backup' in the first step.

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    3. And how can I restore if I didn't found this folder: /mnt/sdcard/MyHabits/backup/
      Restore from folder not works, can't find the file

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    4. My device is Xiaomi RN2, MIUI 7.2.2

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  32. Hi
    Only just started playing with the app: looks really useful but immediately wanted to get things rolling on it with big screen and a keyboard: I know time is finite and all: but one more vote for a desktop or web app that syncs automatically with the droid app.

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  33. Hi,
    Glad to find a more evolved planner. The only problem is that there is a learning curve. I must admit that I really hesitated for a while about using this app as it takes quite a lot of effort to put all the roles, actions, etc in. I therefore understand why so many people are asking for sync with other devices, for a desktop version or Google sync. After all we all have bad days and lose our devices.
    That apart its a great initiative and I thank you for doing this public service. I'd like to offer my help but I don't have any android programming experience. But of course I can learn. Let me know if you guys need a helping hand.

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    1. Hi Kazim,
      We're working on the sync options now. As regards the help - actually, we might ask for that some time. So, thanks for the proposal :).

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    2. Are looking forward to hear more about a webplanner, that works together with the app!

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  34. Hi, I'm not yet sure how to use this application. I've made the mission, influences, role and actions too but what to do next? how should I go about from now as I've laid the foundation now would really like to build upon. Can you pls make a video of explaining this whole thing most of the users get turned off due to the STEEP learning curve. its a promissing application but those who have not read the book (like me) its quite tedious. thanks

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  35. I hope this will one day be available for the computer or iPad.

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  36. I realize that the overall design of this application was following the ideas in Covey's book, but as I rewrote my own goals for the new year (on paper), I wrote three overall major goals. Under two of them, I listed sub-goals and tasks. Since those two goals dealt with my own body and spirit. No Roles were involved or are needed.

    However, underneath the third goal "sprout" all the various roles of my life...and underneath those are task lists. So,it would be nice if I could put roles underneath goals...and tasks underneath roles. While I understand this is a difference in overall philosophy, I think making goals, roles, and tasks more flexible in their structure would make the app more flexible for users.

    The only other thing I'd like to see would be the ability to drag-and-drop tasks on the Eisenhauer matrix. Holding a task in order to get the menu with the Move option on it to pop up seems to take forever.

    Thanks for making this app!

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  37. Hi, I wonder if there are any plans for a Chrome app in the pipe? It would be awesome to be able to sync with my main computer so that I can manage tasks from my workspace. Thanks for all you do!!

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    1. Hi, we are working on the web version. If we get it right, a chrome app is pretty much like a web app. So, we can say that we have plans :). The only matter is the time.

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  38. Hi. First of all thanks for the app, it's been really helpful. The only concern I have is when I go to the detailed of an action and set a due date, for example during the week, it wont show on the Week Plan category.

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    1. Hi Kirk, Thanks for your kind words. When you set the due date/time on the action page, it will trigger a notification in the notification bar of your phone/tablet. It is not connected with the weekly planning view. To havve your action appear on a day on that view, choose a day from the day dialog on the action page (press on the '(day)' textbox).

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  39. I've been using your app since January. Recently, I tried Evernote. I decided it was probably a nice webapp, but it sure made for a junky Android app, especially on a tablet. So then I picked the Ultimate To-Do List... and loaded my 80+ goals into it and configured it to my liking.

    So now I'm comparing what I like and don't like about each app, trying to figure out which one to "go with" from here on out.

    What I love most about your app is the one key thing that makes it unique among the other apps: the Eisenhower Matrix... the fact that you provide a view like that, that it's color-coded, that each box is enlargeable and scrollable. That's fabulous! And I hesitate to live my life without it.

    That said, I've noticed that I have yet to put anything in the "Not Important - Urgent" box. It would seem that anything that fits that category is something I simply do not add to the app.

    With that in mind, I was able to apply the three other boxes, as concepts, to the Ultimate To-Do List's concept of "Priorities".. High, Medium, and Low... and then I use "Top" in order to build a "to do list specifically for today".

    That app too comes with option-choices for "Goals" that you can create and that you can assign to a task when creating / editing it.

    So, what's it got that your app doesn't have? The key weakness I find in your app is that the options and choices (and power, really) that lies within creating / editing Actions is NOT obvious, nor is it CLEAR. Choosing to have little dithered symbols like "(day)" and "(!!)" and "more.."... the way you've built your form for showing editing options and the Detailed Action editing page itself, is very unclear.

    The Ultimate To Do List app offers what most people, I believe, are used to: A full-fledged form for creating and editing tasks (one that you can set up so as to disable options or set up standard defaults for new Actions).

    Also, that tool allows you to choose to be a "Power User" and turn on and off features at your whim. (But I will admit, there are a few default "views" that appear in your "Views" menu that I personally consider clutter and would like to be able to remove. So they still have room for improvement.

    One more thing: They offer "Tags", much like "Evernote" does for actions. Now at first, I didn't see the power in tags. However, when I started using the Ultimate To Do List, I mistakenly turned off the "Goals" feature. So when I went to add my goals, I started using custom "Tags" for my Goals like I had when I tried Evernote (which doesn't offer Goals at all). Now, eventually, I noticed "Goals" in my "Power User" options, activated them, and had to edit all my Actions to resort everything. But the lesson I took home from that is that Tags are a very powerful way to allow for user customization.

    But of course, such tags aren't all that powerful UNLESS, you can create and edit VIEWS to take advantage of them. Ultimate To Do List offers that. In fact, most of their standard views can have their rules-for-what-to-display and sorting according to your liking.

    Visually, Ultimate To Do List is much more about function than looks (and there is only a "light" vs. a "dark" color scheme) and I think it suffers there a bit in comparison to your app.

    So, there are some key things that I feel make that tool more powerful than yours, but then, theirs costs $5 after a 14 day trial and yours is free. Yours is also younger in development, I'm sure.

    And I have no way to create or display a view of my three main "Priorities" group into an Eisenhower Matrix - like view!

    Gotta run. Thanks for all of the hard work you took in building this! I know how tough it is to be "the Lone Developer" !!

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    1. Hi Dave,

      Many thanks for this your post. It is very interesting to follow your logic in chosing one app over the other, it shows clearly your priorities as the user of an app like this. I can't argue any of the points you provide, it's useless and I don't think your intent was to argue about them - rather, to point to the possibilities for us to enhance it to help you make the right decision, maybe :).

      At this moment, I'm supporting the app myself (my partner is busy), and, as you noted, it's really hard to find time to work on it, given that I have full-time job, family. Lately I tried to devote all my free time fully to my now 10-month son, which slowed the development greatly, but I think it's needless to say it is worth every second I've had with him and my beloved other part.

      We are very well aware of all the required features our app lacks. If I say we're trying to meet them, one would ask 'where's the result' and would probably be fairly right. But we're actually working on them at the speed we can afford.

      By the way, I myself have several other apps installed on my devices, not because I compare the features on them and the way they're implemented (which of course I do :)), but rather because I'm highly dissatisfied with the Habits in several things and try to find something better. And I just installed the Ultimate to do list - will try it out, thank you :)

      Again, thanks a lot for your sincere description. I understand your position very well and would be glad if your chose the other app at the end, deciding it suits you better.


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  40. Hi ,

    Its one of the rare android app which can cater almost all the audience . Nice concept.I have been using it extensively . But i Strongly felt one feature should have been part of this app .

    Being supporting to achieve a mission/goal is ultimate aim of this app . It really misses a feature by which we can track the progress of certain goal if its time bound .
    If we add actions to a SMART objective/time bound or tangible goal then whenever we execute action associated with that goal ..it should track that would really people keep motivate all the time .

    To build an effective habit , tracking the progress is must. Weekly Planner GUI interface could have much more cool GUI and colors ..

    Thanks a ton for all the effort you put in this application . This is going to evolve one of the best in productivity category. lets all promote this app

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    1. Hi Roshan,

      Thanks for your feedback. We've started with the basic tracking functions, will be out there soon. Adding time-bound goals has been added to list, too, thank you.

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  41. hello andtek,

    great app!

    will consider to tune up the widgets? i would really welcome (and i think i am not the only user) the possibility to place the first things matrix as widget on home screen. is it planned for upcoming releases?

    thanks

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    1. Hi there and sorry for late reply. We'll tune the widgets and it's a good idea to put ftf matrix as widget, thank you. Can't tell you about closest releases - development is slower than we wished it were.

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  42. Shame the font size cant be changed in the "First Things First" screen as it only displays one word and this unfortunately makes this screen totally useless

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  43. Hello,

    I've been using the app for two weeks now and have been pleased with my experience. This is a great concept and I look forward to seeing it develop further.

    Some bugs. I am using a Nexus 4 with Android 4.2.2. Also, as a new user, some of these bugs may simply be my incompetence:

    - I cannot save an edited title (of a goal, action etc) in portrait orientation. I can edit the title, but there is no "done" icon to press in order to save the title. Such an icon does appear in landscape orientation.

    - If I am in the middle of editing text, it resets if I try to switch from one orientation to the other (e.g. landscape to portrait)

    - Setting an action for, say, a week Tuesday appears to be impossible. Setting the "day" will make it show up on every Tuesday on the week plan, and setting the reminder does not make it show up on the week plan on the day of the reminder.

    - On the same lines as the last bug, old tasks seem to show up on the same day every week, even if they have already been completed and even if recurrence is set to "once".


    Some ideas to improve the experience:

    - Allow the user to select his or her own colours for squares! For example, I might prefer to think of "important but not urgent" actions as blue rather than red.

    - It is hard to start using the app, and this might scare away would-be users. A tutorial would be excellent (of course, perhaps more practical to set this up once the app is out of beta).

    - Allow syncing with Google Calendar.


    Great app! Looking forward to updates.

    Thanks,

    Delyle

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    1. Hi Delyle, thanks a lot for such a precise feedback. Let me not answer each of your points, which mostly (shame on us) look like bugs, but assure you we've read everything carefully and will take into account (fix/improve).

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  44. Hello, thank you for this app.. it has a lot of potential..
    Three features i would suggest..
    1. The ability to track progress.. e.g if i have to take 12 interviews by 2nd, and today i have completed 6, i should be able to update status and see that.
    2. Timer feature in the first and third quadrants.. refer pomodero technique
    3. The ability to see due dates, status in the squares..we should be able to expand the goals and see individual tasks under those goals.
    Thanks once again, and wish you good luck

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  45. Hi.

    I've just started to use your app, and I think it's amazing.
    I'm programmer, and would love to help you build a website to integrate with this app, providing cloud sync.
    Let me know if you're interested.

    Thanks guys.

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    1. Fabio, thank you! We'll consider your help when we'll start the web app.

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  46. thank you very much for the app and the effort behind it. but it would be great if you can add an widget showing all four quadrants of first things on home screen. It will be very helpful. otherwise you have to open app every time to look at the list... hope you will consider

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  47. Здравствуйте! Уже в который раз пытаюсь разобраться с приложением, но никак не получается. Нужно ли штудировать книжку Кови или будет достаточно краткого и простого руководства? Если достаточно, пожалуйста, сделайте руководство на русском языке для таких как я. Спасибо!

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    1. Здравствуйте) Книжка хороша сама по себе, поэтому, если Вам кажется, что Вы хотите что-то улучшить в продуктивности или схожих областях, то почитать ее будет не вредно. Чтобы работать с программой она не обязательна, просто писать ее начали под влиянием этой книги. То руководство, которое есть в книге, в целом описывает концепции приложения. Я постараюсь перевести их на русский. Кроме того, на 4pda есть уже что-то, не знаю, хватит ли: http://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=373007

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    2. "То руководство, которое есть в книге" - которое есть в приложении, опечатался.

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  48. Спасибо большое за ответ! Честно скажу, книгу читать пытался, но, как и GTD Аллена, не осилил. Вероятно во всем виноват мой преждевременный скепсис. В первых главах (на мой субъективный взгляд) автор вводит кучу сомнительных терминов, без конца оперирует ими, толкует о каких-то очевидных вещах и я никак не могу ухватить суть. Надеюсь, что соберусь наконец-то и прочту, потому что очень уж хочется использовать весь потенциал вашего приложения, о котором слышал слышал достаточно лестных отзывов, по полной. Большое спасибо за ссылку на тему на 4pda, одобряете ли вы установку выложенного там русифицированного приложения?

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    1. На мой взгляд эти книги действительно описывают какие-то очевидные вещи, которые естественны для многих людей. У многих есть свои системы организации порядка и дел, списки и т.д. Но, вместе с тем, есть не меньше людей, которые сами не могли придумать такую систему (один из них я :)). Поэтому и существуют такие авторы, как Аллен или Кови, системы которых получают большое распространение благодаря тому, что они просты для понимания и применения, и, как оказывается, очевидны. Очень может быть, что Вам не нужны эти системы, они слишком просты для Вас или просто для Вас естественно по другому организовывать свои дела. Я считаю, что не существует серебрянной пули, идеально подходящей для каждого. Так же и с нашим приложением - не уверен, что оно решает все проблемы пользователей. Это ведь всего лишь инструмент, причем один из многих.

      По поводу приложения на 4пда - у нас ограниченные ресурсы на разработку и поэтому перевести приложение на другие языки мы пока не успеваем, и, если кому-то это надо, мы не против. Другое дело, что мы, к сожалению, не можем отвечать за другие вероятные изменения в приложении. Само приложение я не смотрел.

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  49. Hi,

    Thanks for this nice app. I went through the historical comments only to check if you have implemented the web app and the alarm for reminders :) I see that its still in the pipeline.......Please add my name to this ever growing list of users requesting a web app and an alarm !!! :) I hope you get the time to do this soon..thanks again

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  50. I'm really interested in using this app once you have the web browser interface and synch along with the alarms people have asked for. Have to admit I'm getting discouraged and my interest is fading as it's been two years already...

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    1. just deleted because of no webb app

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    2. Sorry to hear that, hope you'll return when we'll roll out the web app.

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  51. I just found this app. I can not sync with any calendar I've tried please advise. Anna :o)

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  52. Good Job!

    Just I need to copy some Actions from a goal to others! please add this feature

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    1. Mohammad, on an action page use menu 'Set a goal' to change or reset an action's goal.

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  53. Can I help in the development of the web application? Thank you.

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  54. Hi andtek,

    you are doing a great work! keep it on.

    I manged to sync Mission, influence and Notes with Google tasks.

    maybe it is me, but I did not manage to sync

    Roles and Actions.

    someone knows how to do it? how to set up google task?

    if one could sync also roles and actions, it could be a work around for the desktop app...

    thanks

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    1. Hi Aragon,

      Roles/actions are not synced - there's a problem with different representation of data in our app and in tasks. For now, we have stopped the syncing with Google tasks implementation to go with our own web app.

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  55. Hi Andtec
    In my opinion your app is in top 5 of the productivity apps. It's wonderful. Thanks to do more easy my Laboral life.

    I constantly use it in my work, (I do a lot of notes) . Considering this I would think you could include a menu for "search" or "find" text annotations (completed and pending)

    Thanks

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  56. Это доска идей и предложений?

    Мне кажется было бы удобным некоторое структурование раздела заметок: создание нескольких листов / списков или цветовое разделение. Поиск по хэштегам и упоминаниям. Это поможет избавиться ещё от пары-тройки приложений для ведения различной спискоты.

    Но уже сейчас ваша работа агрегирует большинство функций, которые могут понадобиться для организации личной жизни и обычно можно найти только установив три-четыре-пять приложений.

    Спасибо за вашу работу, она не только помогает в самоопределении и достижении цели, но и вдохновляет. <3

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  57. When will the web app be completed

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    1. I'm afraid to say anything about it, since we've missed the promised time so many times. The work is going, but very slow at the moment. Will increase in the coming months, I hope.

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  58. Dear AndTek,

    Can't I access this through a Desktop? That would be great

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  59. Hi AndTek, I have just discovered your app, kudos to you!
    I think though a web/desktop version is necessary. Hopefully it wont take much longer to be finished. What is required? people? money? maybe we, your community, could help somehow ;)

    If so, here please:
    9183df3e@opayq.com

    Greetings from germany!


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  60. Thank you for your job, AndTek. The app is great!! I use it permanently.
    It whould be great if you add "search" feature for tasks, notes. Please think about it :)

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  61. I also recently downloaded your app and I appreciate all your hard work. The app is exactly what I've been searching for! It is so robust however, that a web app is essential. I understand it takes time, effort, money, resources, etc. to make this happen so I will try to be patient. Anything you can do to speed up the process would be greatly appreciated! Until then, I hesitate to use it as I find it very difficult to take advantage of all it has to offer. Apps such as this are easier to visualize and work with on the web. Thank you in again and in advance for all your hard work!

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  62. Thank you for this app! What you guys are doing has been very useful to my existence. Wish you all the best with the web/desktop version.

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  63. Could you make this app a Google chrome plugin? That would solve everyone's request for a desktop version :)

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  64. Could you make this app a Google chrome plugin? That would solve everyone's request for a desktop version :)

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    1. Alex, does a chrome plugin anyhow differs from a web, besides being run in the browser environment? I think it still needs server part. But I might be wrong.

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    2. instead of a browser plugin, a js based web app would be more universal, and easier to maintain without thinking too much about different platfomrs.

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  65. Hello.

    Just like Junwen wrote November 16 - thank you for making My Effectiveness Pro.
    That's the best application dedicated to - I would say - personal management :).
    I've tested a lot of apps that kind and truly My Effectiveness Pro is the best.
    It's smart, well designed, solutions and ideas implemented are always one step before my expectations.
    All the eg. Todoist apps can learn from you a lot.

    And here is my wish list with some ideas:
    - add 'Notes, Thoughts and Ideas' widget so it can be quickly accessed
    - it would be helphul to choose 'once a year' when setting action's recurrence, so eg. birthdays can be putted into calendar
    - Week Plan - it would be useful to switch between weeks by simple moving finger right/left on the 'day bar. What I'm trying to say - navigation between weeks can be improve.

    Thanks, Marcin

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  66. Hello! I'd like to start by saying that your program is THE BEST I've used for organizing my priorities - and I've tried a lot of them. I have recommended it to many people for that reason.

    I just switched to an iPhone and was incredibly bummed when I found out there isn't a version available on the iPhone. Are you any closer to developing one? It would be especially helpful to me now that I just completed a 4-day 7 Habits training :)

    Thank you for the hard work you do - this program is worth paying for - I don't often pay more than $5.99 for smartphone apps, but I would for this one.

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    1. Hi Jessica, thanks a lot for your feedback! Unfortunately, we are no closer than we were a year ago - web app is of highest priority now, which itself is already quite late.

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  67. Hello andtek,
    great app, I'm learning it.
    One idea that none of todo apps (afaik) have: some tasks have uncertain future by their nature. If you are lucky and you complete it, then Ok. However if you miss it, you don't have the opportunity to retry. But you did try. So its unfair to "delete" the task as if never existed. And it is cheating to check it as if you did it (because you didn't). Hence there must be some third category as "failed due to ...".
    Those three dots can help also to the procrastinators. What do you think?

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    1. Good idea, I myself often face such thoughts with similar tasks. My current approach is to leave them for some time and either delete completely or restart or create new ones based on them. And I have thought about such category, too. Just afraid it will lead to over-complication maybe. Will see, it's good to see not only you have similar issues and ideas :)

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  68. Amazing talent! When you create a desktop companion application, please know I'll be your first paying client! Please keep application simple to use. Too many features and options will likely start to drive many to distraction! Stay true to why you first developed the app!

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  69. Hi - What's the release date of the desktop or Google Chrome extension?
    Looks like it's been a year or more since you started working on this request. I like the app but I'm not going to use it until I can use it on multiple devices. If this can be done now please explain how? Thank you

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    1. Hi Jay, there's no release date, the app is a little more than 50% done. You can use on multiple devices using Google Drive sync, though not on the web.

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    2. Are you sure about the 50% and highest priority? How many people are working on the web app? I like how the Android app is under active development. However, I'm afraid the web app will never be finished. As so many people have said: a web app is absolutely essential. Cheers.

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  70. How about a Kanban view of all the tasks and possibly available in widget.

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  71. It would be great if I could change the order of my list of actions. There's no way to sort it; I would like to sort it either manually or by date. This is a wonderful app, thank you!

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    1. +1 Please enable manual sorting of actions.

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  72. Any updates for the desktop version. I would be extremely helpful to have a desktop version. I have a genetic disability that slows down my functionality on devices that do not have an actual, physical keyboard.

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  73. Hello AndTec,

    Wow, what an incredible organising app you made! Was looking for a long time to find such an app!
    As many others, I too have some tips for perfection.
    1. Looks are important. If my screen is messy (many colours forced on you by diferent widgets have that effect), my mind gets messy, too. It would be awesome to have also the widget skin, that is transparrent as it becomes one with the background with just choice of white or black letters. Possibility to set colour for first things first squares, would make it even better.
    Another thing I miss is the possibility to use it with my google calendar, where I keep and share (or not) my most important events. The platform is just unpractical, but I can get to it wherever I am, from whatever device I have access to and share the events, too. That is incredibely important to me. Is there such feature, or possibility to import/export/sync data comming?
    All the rest of the app is incredible and I haven't find such a great app (and I tried a lot of them).

    Thanks for great job done and even more for everything yet to come.

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  74. Why not go open source? You say you're short on resources. Maybe some of us can chip in and add a feature, such as sorting actions. Please consider publishing on github or the like. Cheers

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  75. Can you please add "copy" function to projects/check lists, many of my projects are similar and have many lists/actions in them so it would be very helpful to not waste time retyping and organizing everything when you can just copy the project and edit the few things that need be changed.
    Other than that everything is great!

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    1. There's a 'copy' function within the action age - use menu on the action page.

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    2. Thank you for kindly answering even though it was a mess up on my part, I am very sorry. Idk how I never saw it >.<
      then is there any way to change the time for the beginning of the day to sth other than the standard 12 am, say like 6 am? if not for the calendar then at least for workodoro?

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    3. Nothing to be sorry of, the whole point of having this blog is to answer questions :). Regarding the start of the day time - interesting idea. I guess, the main point is to have the end of the day later so that if you work till late night the periods still counted to previous day? Very interesting idea.

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  76. Hello,

    I have really liked the app so far. I have some questions about functionality and future ideas :

    (!!) — in tasks, what does the abcdef mean? Not clear.

    Week view : could we have it display all the tasks for the week? And can we have more intuitive way to look at other weeks and whole months

    Can we classify goals as short medium and long term, and add a filter for this in the main first things first menu?

    First things first - could it be made that if you double tap on a colour at bottom of screen that it opens that colour panel? Can we improve the date filter to filter by week, month, or year?

    Side menu : can roles be renamed to roles & goals so more intuitive

    Influences - can we tie influences to goals or actions?

    Just some ideas but there are more! Thanks for the great work

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    1. Hello David,

      All are good points, will try to implement them one by one. Thank you! The ABCDEF means priority when showing an action in various lists with other actions - those with A are shown above those with B, etc. We are currently thinking of changing this system a bit - we need a priority system that would work consistently across different lists.

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  77. Hello!
    After reading Stephen Coveys book, the first thing that came to mind was having a way to automate his insights.. I was using an excel spreadsheet, but then, finding your app was like finding an oasis in the desert. You're probably well aware how life changing your work is, and I couldn't thank you enough. The app is amazing!

    I would like to suggest some changes that for my use could be improvements, and I believe other people could enjoy:

    1)Set action by role. When you create a new Action/ Checklist/Project you have the option of attaching it to a goal, which is awesome. However, it would be nice having the option to attach it to a role, regardless of it's goals. Like, imagine a role with 4 goals. You could set an action to one of the goals, or set it just to the role itself. Sometimes some actions are just everyday tasks not completely relatable to a goal, so setting a goal for them just for ornanization purposes is time consuming.

    2)Log all done actions. All actions done should be archived in achievements automatically. And you could be able to filter this done actions by role, goal, date, etc... This way, you could analyze, ideally with the help of charts, how much of your time you spent in each role for example, also, ideally, ranking the actions by delays, so you can quickly find which role in your life is getting behind, or is consuming most of you.

    3)Weekly planner with hourly whole week view. The app is 1000 times better than the spreadsheet I was using before, but the drawback for me was the weeky planner. It would be nice to have a whole week view with the days in the X axis and the time of the day in the Y axis, in a whole week view, similar to google calendar. This way you get that quick but valuable view of your week, even helping to plan appointments and errands based on your already set to-dos

    PS.: Have you ever contacted Franklin Covey foundation about this app? I'm sure Stephen Covey himself would love it, and I'm sure they would be open for a marketing and funding partnership for your app!

    I didn't review your app in Play Store for I don't have a Google + account and I don't intend to, but coun't me in as a full 5 star review.

    Thank you for your time and effort in making this avaliable.

    PS.: With more integration and flexibility, I would definitely subscribe to a payed version of this, and I'm sure I'm not alone on this.


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  79. Could you add the possibility to transfer the notes direct to goals and actions. It will be very useful in connections with google task syncing "notes"

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  80. HI,

    I am very much happy using your app.

    I have a project with some sub actions in it. The project is kept in second quadrant, when I open the matrix I am able to see only the project and not the sub actions. Can you please clarify.

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  81. It would be nice if this app was also available online.

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  82. I would love it if I could sync with my to do list as it offers me a better overview for weekly planning but I would like to finish it in your app

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