New PRO feature: Customize the look of your weekly planner

I have implemented a new module available to the PRO users of WeekPlan (thank you guys!).

To access the personalization module, go to the Workspace Settings page:

New personalization module in WeekPlan

 

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20140711 Weekly status report

Weekly Status Report

Summary

I finished writing a 30 pages ebook that explains the methodology behind WeekPlan. I am currently asking for feedback to polish the ebook. The goal is to send the ebook to people who signed up on the mailing list a long time ago to “warm up” the relationship with WeekPlan a bit.

We welcomed a new team member in the development team. Khurram has started helping us by writing more automated tests.

I spent some time clarifying some of the incoming work. Having three developers helping me means that things should go faster and I don’t want the requirements to be the bottleneck.

Lots of bugs have been squashed and some usability issues have been ironed out.

A new feature that has been added is the ability to @mention someone in a task notes or comment. The @mention will add that person to the task.

20140706 Weekly status

I have decided to start a new experiment. I will document what has been worked on this week in a weekly status blog post.

The idea is to show the progress made, and to document how we use WeekPlan to manage WeekPlan.

Weekly Status for WeekPlan

Summary

The biggest focus was killing usability issues and publishing the app to multiple appstores.

WeekPlan can be found on the Windows Phone store, the Windows store, the Opera marketplace, the Firefox marketplace and the Amazon appstore.

Work has continued on new features for teams, like allowing @mentions and showing the time in the local time of the user.

How to instantly increase your productivity today using the Pomodoro technique

Today people suffer from the lack of focus when working, and often without realizing it. They would multi-task, they would get interrupted, they would think of other things they need to do while doing something else, etc…

The Pomodoro technique is a simple technique that has helped everyone I suggested it to.

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How to set the synchronization between Google Calendar and WeekPlan

UPDATE: this is no longer the recommended way to set up synchronization between Google Calendar and WeekPlan. We have built an in-app integration instead. You can access from within your workspace settings.

 

Simple Google Calendar synchronization can be set if you upgrade your WeekPlan account to PRO. This is a little tutorial to show you how to see all the tasks you create inside WeekPlan in Google Calendar.

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How to set the synchronization between Google Tasks and WeekPlan

Google Tasks synchronization is a feature available in the PRO plan of WeekPlan. This is how to set up the synchronization in WeekPlan.

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New version: Email reminders, SMS reminders, and Time on Tasks

New features

You can now show and hide the goals panel.
You can now set a time interval for a task.
You can request to receive an email reminder for a given task.

New PRO features

You can request to receive an SMS reminder.

Improvements

The Edit window for tasks has been improved.
Goals are hidden by default on mobile.

Bug fixes

Replies to emails are now working again (they stopped working for 9 days).

Tips for the weekplan power user

Here are a few hidden gems you might find useful when using WEEK PLAN:

1. To set the priority of a task. when writing the task, type ! and you will be suggested “quadrants” (Quadrant I and III will show the task in red).

2. To associate a task to a role, when writing the task, type @ and you will be suggested the list of roles.

3. If you put a url in a task, it will be converted to a clickable [link] for you

4. Using the “: ” notation, you can create some kind of tag. I personally use it to specify what time a task should be done. (ex: 14pm: Do something) or to categorize my tasks (ex: FIX: This is a bug 3!).

5. End a task with “…” to show the Edit dialog straight away to enter more details about the task.

The fastest way to add a task to weekplan from anywhere (SMS integration)

My goal with weekplan and the mobile world is to make it very fast to add a new task. I want it to be possible to be in the middle of a discussion and to quickly jot down a task without having to wait ages for the app to start. At the moment, the mobile app/view is not a reflection of that vision. It still takes too long to load (which I am hoping to improve once I introduce the offline mode). But I have found a great alternative, which speed is hard to beat: adding a task via SMS is almost as fast as writing it on a paper notebook. (more…)

Import your Astrid tasks into Week Plan

Astrid has announced that they are closing down in 90 days. To save your data, we offer to implement an importer that can take all your Astrid data and import it into Week Plan.

It is not ready yet, if you are interested, please leave us your email address to be notified when it is ready.