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.

Who makes a business out of a “todolist” app?

First version of weekplan

I started working on WeekPlan more than 4 years ago as a way to solve my own pain with managing my time.

When I first started WeekPlan, I never intended to make a business out of it, I could hear people wonder who makes a business out of a “todolist”?

But overtime Google Analytics showed me that the traffic was growing organically and I decided to improve the product and to offer premium features. To my surprise, people upgraded from FREE to PRO to the point where I could sustain myself in Australia. Today WeekPlan has more than 300 000 users.

Until then, I was offering consulting services three days a week. Consulting was my golden handcuffs, it was making my family financially comfortable and it was hard to decide to go full-time with WeekPlan. But then recently I got approached for a great CTO role for a bigger growing company. Although the offer was really interesting, it made me realized that I believe in WeekPlan and that I wanted to give it proper focus.

A month ago, I decided to go full-time.

Jack of all hats

Running a business solo is hard, you need to develop new features, fix old bugs, improve the design, prepare email newsletters, update the blog, prepare paid ad campaigns, etc… and it is why I have always tried to surround myself with contractors from around the world to offload some of the responsibilities.

Today, most of the team comes from India (one developer, one tester, and a marketing agency), one developer from Bangladesh and one community manager from Brazil. I really feel the current team is going to help get some great results this year.

What we are working on

A common complaint about WeekPlan are related to stability issues, glitches here and there that make the user experience feel unpolished. Instead of trying to keep patching the existing solution, I have decided the rewrite the front end in a better and more updated technology.

In order to release this new version iteratively, we are going to release it as an Android app because the lack of an Android app is also a common complaint. Once the new version has enough features, we will put it in place of the existing web app.

The new version will directly answer the main complaints about WeekPlan:

– Stability issues

– Lack of an Android app

– No traditional calendar view

– No mid term planning capability

 

Calendar view

The current UI mixes tasks, events and completed tasks and it is suboptimal. It makes it hard to sort the tasks and events correctly. In the new version, each list will have a separate section for each type of tasks. The events section will be able to toggle between the current list view and the traditional calendar day view:

Calendar view

Mid term planning capability

OKRs for individuals

What if you could set measurable yearly and quarterly goals, and set weekly goals towards those goals? Google and Intel have popularized the concept of OKRs (Objective and Key results) for businesses and it is usually used from top to bottom. Your boss sets the goals of the company, and the managers of each division set the goals to help reach the company goals, and then you set your own goals that align with your division.

Because WeekPlan is mostly used by individuals, I believe there is a value in making the OKRs bottom to top. You don’t need your company goals in the system to set your own personal goals.

The magic of the OKRs is not in the fact that you set goals quarterly, it is the discussions they trigger every week when you review how much progress you have made towards them. WeekPlan will make reviewing and discussing OKRs on a weekly basis almost a passive thing. You won’t need to be disciplined, you just need to have an email address.

WeekPlan in the future

I will explore different channels of growth, for example more integrations (Outlook) and new services (coaching and courses), etc… to make sure I diversify the sources of income to make WeekPlan a perennial business.

 

Thanks all for supporting WeekPlan!

  • Vlachbild

    Sounds good, any ideas when the web-version might be ready (or ready for testing?)

    • Are you interested in the OKR part specifically? It should come within 6 months hopefully.

      • Vlachbild

        Yes, but I am also hoping for some improved usability

      • Kenny Yang

        any updates on the OKR feature?

        • We are still busy rewriting the new app. We haven’t started the work on OKRs yet.

  • Vlachbild

    And BTW, take a look into Habitica. Imho an integration with it would work well for Weekplan, especially if the personal OKRs would include also something like “habits”

  • Sarahluigi

    Congratulations on taking the leap to run with Week Plan full time, really hope it works for you (and us)! The improvements/future plans highlighted above sound good, as does a relatively imminent android app. How long do you reckon it’ll be until you launch the android app?

  • Rex Rosandich

    I love WeekPlan! When should we expect the Android app to be released? I will definitely be willing to upgrade to the pro version if I can access my “to-do” list through my phone.

    • I cannot give a definitive answer, but I am hoping to have the first version within a month.

  • Bora Wiemann

    Congrats that you are enjoying it and are going full time. Looking forward to the improvements and especially the Android App.

    I found I have moved away a bit from the week day planning, to more of a general week task assignment.
    It can be nice to already pre-order/prioritise the task by days, so I don’t feel as overwhelmed with one huge list, but often enough something doesn’t happen at the planned day but sometime later in the week.

    In short I need some easy way to see all the tasks that are scheduled for the day or “overdue”/left over from the day before. Currently on the mobile the view first off always goes to the first day of the week instead of the current day and secondly I have to manually switch between every day.
    I really just want to see what I got to do now. And I would love to add some list that is just stuff that I want to do this week, but hasn’t got a specific day.

    Ideally I have a default view with “This is the stuff you have planned to have done for today/left over from the days before” (This could be listed by weekday) + a simple expand if I also want to see “tasks you planned for the rest of the day”. The later might be good for me to manually expand, so it doesn’t create any mental burden when I don’t need it.

    I do like seeing what I have already accomplished, as it does give a positive motivator.

    And it would be great to get either a daily or even better configurable reminder of what is left as tasks for the day. E.g. I would like to configure to get an email mid week and on the Sunday morning.

    I am very much looking forward for a better support on mid and long term planning. I have split off:
    1 year, 5 years, Long term. Would be good if it could put in automated reminders to review these. They are to often for weekly, but the 1 year goals should be reviewed ideally monthly or at least bi-monthly I think and the other ones every quarter.

  • Juan De la Cruz

    Are you maintaining Windows version of the app?

    • Yes why?

      • Juan De la Cruz

        Just to know and give it a look 🙂 thanks for answering