Sneak peek: Quarter goals and big rocks planning

In the last 6 months, the team has been hard at work to rewrite the whole user interface from scratch. We took the opportunity to introduce some new highly requested features like the ability to plan on the longer term.

We are only weeks away from releasing our biggest and best version yet, and we wanted to show you some of what is coming up.

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The curling sweep principle 2

The curling sweep principle

I’d like to share a concept that I have been following for years but haven’t seen explained elsewhere.

Here is the gist of it for people who are in a hurry:

To do more of something, remove friction.
To do less of something, add friction

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Designing a better way to manage appointments

When I started working on WeekPlan, the focus was more on tasks rather than events (tasks with a start time). As WeekPlan grew, it started to attract more people with event heavy schedules. I want to allow these users to manage their schedule while keeping it as simple as possible to the people who rely on tasks more than events. (more…)

What’s next for WeekPlan?

Hi fellow planners,

I am Aymeric the founder of WeekPlan. It’s been a while I haven’t given some update of the current work in progress, and the roadmap. (more…)

Monthly planner: a new feature in WEEK PLAN

Many of you have been missing the ability to see more than a week ahead.

Although the product is called WEEK PLAN :), we agree that it makes sense sometimes to want to easily look ahead. (more…)

How to increase concentration at work

Distractions at work can severely damage your productivity and work-life balance. Many people get more easily distracted in comparison to others. Staying focused at work can be a challenge for them, even when they are completely committed to it. Slacking off at work is detrimental in more ways than one. Everything seems to fall apart.

Here are some ways on how to increase concentration at work (more…)

Windows app released

You can now install WeekPlan on your computer and add it to your taskbar.
Simply go to the Apps page and click Download.

Windows app for WeekPlan

Note that this is a simple wrapper around the existing WeekPlan app. This app doesn’t work offline.

New Google Chrome extension: Inbox Zero Progress Bar for Gmail

We have developed a small extension for Gmail that does only one thing: it shows a progress bar that reaches 100% when you have zero email in your inbox. It is a little gamification trick to encourage you to make progress in processing your inbox. Good luck! (Check out the extension here)

inbox zero progress bar

Soylent, my experience

More than a year ago, I discovered Soylent through the founder’s blog where he was sharing his progress in looking for a recipe for a complete meal replacement drink.

Soylent is basically a mash up of all the nutrients your body supposedly needs in a day.

Benefits

I am attracted to the concept of being confident that I am giving my body the nutrients it needs throughout the day, and rather than hoping that the food I eat has enough of everything, I believe I can achieve a superior result by measuring my intake.

Some people are attracted to Soylent because it is generally cheaper than normal food (a DIY recipe could be as cheap as $5 a day), and some are attracted to it because it saves them time (2 minutes preparation if you use the official Soylent product or 10 minutes for a DIY version).

For me, I am attracted to the health benefits. The fact it is cheap and quick to make removes resistance to do it.

Also, I don’t want to replace all my meals with Soylent so I took a hybrid approach: breakfasts and lunches are replaced with Soylent and dinners stay “normal”. I have been doing that for a few months now and I am ready to reorder a new batch of ingredients.

Soylent in Australia

Unfortunately I cannot buy Soylent easily from Australia, they still don’t deliver it down under so I started looking for alternatives. There is an online community of people who share recipes of Soylent alternatives using local ingredients: DIY Soylent. After some browsing, I found a recipe that suited my needs: Australian Soylent 1.0. (I found the recipe too sweet for my taste so I reduced the sugar)

I bought the ingredients online (three different shops) and 3 days later I had the ingredients I needed.

Ingredients used for DIY Soylent

It takes me 10 minutes in the morning to prepare my day worth of drinks.

The final product:

DIY Soylent in Australia

Results

How does it taste? For me it taste a bit like cake dough before baking it. I added cocoa and banana to vary the taste a bit.

How do I feel during a Soylent day? I don’t feel any different than other days. I don’t feel more alert like other people reported. I feel full until about 4pm. I have a fast metabolism and I generally am hungry at 10:30am.

How about bowels problems? People have reported having diarrhoea or smelly farts with Soylent. I don’t personally experience any major changes with this australian recipe.

Headaches: For a time, I bumped up the level of proteins to 180g a day but it was giving me headaches. Keeping it at 100g like in the recipe solved that problem.

Colorful urine: this is due to the excess vitamins from the multi-vitamins pills. Not really a problem but I decided to only take one of these pills instead of two.

Overall, I really enjoy having discovered Soylent and a way to have it here in Australia, I need to find more ways to vary the taste.

 

UPDATE: Make sure to read Marc’s comment too. Very insightful!

Updated roadmap

Hi, I have worked recently on clarifying the roadmap for WEEK PLAN and thought you might be interested to see it.

Roadmap

1. Polish the Android app. We published the Android app silently a few weeks ago and unfortunately it is still very “experimental”. Because I am not an Android app developer myself, I have outsourced the development to another company and fixing and polishing the app takes an order of magnitude more time than I would like.

2. Publish a new version of the API. We will improve the documentation and the consistency of the API to make it easy for any developer to create apps on top of WEEK PLAN. The first product to come out of this API is the iPhone app which is doing very well now.

3. Rework the user experience. I believe I can make the experience on WEEK PLAN a lot more engaging by improving how a user enters information and navigates in the web application.

4. Calendar day view. This is our most requested feature and after several months of product design I believe I came up with an elegant solution.

5. Etc… There are more than 400 items in our parking lot, so we are not running out of ideas on how to improve the product… The timer seems to be a feature people use extensively so we might look into improve it.

 

What we have been working on lately

1. Publish the Android app.

2. Publish and polish the Google Calendar synchronization.

3. Hire another developer. Although we are making progress, things are going way too slow. So for months I have been looking to hire someone but I couldn’t find anyone that matched what I was looking for. Finally I met Dzmitry from Belarus and he is great!

4. Automation of the testing. One of the things I want to improve is the stability of the software and Dzmitry’s first task has been to automate the testing on many pages of WEEK PLAN.

5. The Outliner. I was looking for a way to connect long term vision with the weekly planner and this is what the Outliner is about. I am planning to publish a video about the Outliner soon.