Everdo Feature Ideas


#127

I think I saw why it’s like this.

When you editing task in inbox list I was thinking it will be great to have task auto change list target to next.

But if you only want to edit task and not processed it yet, you must change the target list.


#128

Copy View as Text: When view is collapsed, is it possible to copy the collapsed view rather than getting all of the “Notes or descriptions”?


#129

I tested Everdo since a month ago and put more than 100 real tasks in. It’s time for a feedback.

In total I’m happy with Everdo. I love it’s features, it’s clean gui and the quick usage via keys and filters.

My biggest point I experienced:
In my opinion it doesn’t follow the get-things-done idea in a direct way. So Everdo is usable but too intricate. Round about 70 to 80% of my tasks involve a due date. The idea is to get things done until their due date. Most of that tasks also should have a repeating due date. But I can’t enter it. Instead of that I have to enter a repeating scheduled date and I can select, whether to use this schedule date as due date.
Ideally a generic task should contain a (repeating) due date and a reminder duration in my opinion. No schedule date is required. I couldn’t find a real-life example for a task, with the beginning date more important than the due date. “Get things done” points towards the end of a task. The end date has to be clear. Everybody want’s to know if i met the dead line and not when I started a task.
In my case I never start a task, because there is a start date. Normally, if my workload allows this, I start a task as early as possible/necessary to meet the dead line, or when a previous task is done (would be a nice feature to set another finishing task as start condition instead of a date). But it’s not a real case for me to start a task at a clear date, as I mentioned above.
But with Everdo I always have to calculate the schedule date manually (due date minus reminder duration) and write the due date into the text description to reach that gtd-idea. And in repeating tasks I can’t set the repeating due date, because Everdo doesn’t support that.
Would be great, if that can be fixed: No schedule date, instead of that a repeating due date and a reminder duration. But I know, it’s more of a philosophic discussion. Perhaps read a gtd-book for inspirations.

In my first days I posted a few more ideas, above in this thread. Here are my thoughts about that from today:

  • Full documentation. I know, lots of work, but I think necessary for a selling product.
    -> After a month testing I understand most features, but I would say a documentation is necessary.

  • configurable start view. I think, I would like to see the Next-Category by default after starting the software and not the Focus-View.
    -> Changed my mind or my understanding how Everdo works. It’s ok the way it is.

  • colored text or icons or checkboxes to better view the priority/energy option
    -> You answered I could use filters for that. But since Everdo doesn’t plan the order of my tasks and I have to do that manually, I would prefer coloured icons to get an overview. Filters makes tasks disappear from my list view, but that’s not desirable if I want to feed some low prio task in my high prio task stream in order to don’t let them starve.

  • a possibility for repeating tasks with repeating due, see my thread here 1. This is important to me.
    -> You set that to your todo-list.

  • perhaps a reminder service that throws system messages in system tray or a special icon in system tray
    -> I can live without that

  • a desktop integration instead of a window application, called Desklets in Cinnamon desktop
    -> would be nice, but not necessary

Thank you so much for developing this nice piece of software.


#130

Hi Ebech,
Thank you for feedback!

I’ll try to address the workflow issue you described, as it seems most important.

First here’s the principles of GTD workflow on which Everdo is build. Please read that carefully so that you understand where the decisions are coming from.

a) You pick work from the Next list and everything on that list is important enough to be done ASAP.

b) You make sure the Next list stays relevant and actionable by way of regular review process. During a review you move things between Someday,Next and possible Trash to ensure you can actually trust the Next list to only contain relevant work.

c) GTD has a concept of “Deferring” or “Scheduling” an action. This is basically a way to temporarily “hide” the action/project from the Next list. This corresponds to the “Start Date” feature in Everdo.

d) You can attach a Due Date to an action as a way of indicating how urgent it is and avoid missing a deadline.
Everdo has a way to filter Next in a way that only shows items with a due date, or due withing a specific time interval.

Now to address some of your points:

Any task which you chose to defer until a later date. For example I want to start preparing my tax return somewhere in March, even though the deadline is at a much later date. So I set the start date to March 1st and the deadline to the actual deadline. On March 1st the project will appear on my Next list and I’ll start working on it (but really I’ll probably defer it again :slight_smile: )

This is how it’s supposed to work. Any action that is important in the short term and is actionable goes on the Next list. You don’t need to schedule/defer it. You only defer/schedule an item if it’s not important right now.

I can’t say I understand the concept of a repeating due date. Could you please make an example and explain how it corresponds to concepts of GTD as described in the original book, or maybe in this GTD explainer?

What do you think? Would you like to re-state your issue in light of the principles I outlined at the top?


#131

Hi Andrei,
thank you so much for your open-minded communication in this and other topics.

First: I agree to all four points you wrote about GTD workflow. And I’m glad you wrote this, because I get the chance to better explain my point. I just was talking about a little sub-topic of your “c)”. You wrote:

c) GTD has a concept of “Deferring” or “Scheduling” an action. This is basically a way to temporarily “hide” the action/project from the Next list.

Exactly, I want to hide a future task temporarily from my Next list by scheduling it. So far we’re on the same page. In my last post I contested the way HOW setting up a schedule works.

For example I want to start preparing my tax return somewhere in March, even though the deadline is at a much later date. So I set the start date to March 1st and the deadline to the actual deadline.

Your example fits exactly to my perspective: How you got your schedule date (“somewhere in March”)? In my opinion that’s not the natural way things work. What primary information do you have, when you think about the task “get tax return prepared”? You have a due date and you have a approx. time you need for that task. Why not enter this values in the GTD-software directly? Instead of that you first made a manual calculation for the schedule date (due date minus time to get task done minus spare time) in order to enter a calculated schedule date and a due date. The calculation is very easy, so you probably didn’t recognized you made it. But another contra for your way is, that the schedule date has no strong meaning, because it’s not a primary but a calculated value. So why pin that indirect value to any task in gui?

I can’t say I understand the concept of a repeating due date.

Let’s use your tax return example again. Why not make a repeating task out of that, so you wouldn’t forget to set a new tax return task next year? What are primary values for that?: Repeating due date (every year in july? I’m from germany, don’t know about your law.) and approx. time to finish that task (could be a reminder duration). Again: schedule date is calculated. (and could be a different date every year. Think about 29th february treatment for example). More pro’s for my perspective: Repeating due date is a primary value and could be pinned to task every year (in actual version there is no way to enter it, except of text description). And you would have same handling with not-repeating and repeating task, because in any case there is a due date and a reminder duration.

Sorry for my bad english. Hopefully you did understand my perspective.
Greetings from germany!


#132

Ebech,

Nice explanation! Now I get what you mean.

How about the following solutions:

Add a third scheduling option - Set Due Date

So in the Schedule drop-down we would have:

  • Set Start Date (unchanged)
  • Set Due Date (new)
  • Make Repeating (unchanged)

Set due date would work like this:

  • you pick a due date
  • you specify the start date indirectly, by specifying the number of days relative to the due date (start n days before due date)
  • the actual start date gets calculated by software and stored as usual
  • the scheduled action will appear in the Scheduled list as usual and it will move to Next based on the settings

For repeating tasks, add “start n days before due date”

In the “Repeat” dialog we also add an optional “start n days before due date” setting.

Currently, if you select “due date” checkbox in the repeat dialog, the due date will be set automatically every time the action repeats. Such due date is effectively equal to the start date, which makes it not so useful for planning in advance. But with the new setting, repeating actions would be added to Next before the actual due date. If the setting is left alone then the current repeating behavior is unchanged.


Everdo Development Roadmap and Backlog
How to do a repeating task with repeating due
#133

Great! You got it. That would be a great improvement for me. Looking forward to this.

Don’t know, what is the best way to solve that internally. If to calculate the schedule date and store that or if to store the due date and calculate the schedule date later while going through all scheduled tasks searching for tasks to put a copy instance from on the next list.


#134

My natural workflow involves snoozing tasks that can’t yet be started. Typical snooze durations are “tomorrow”, “next monday”, and “in a week”.

It’d greatly smooth my workflow if I had quick (context menu?) access to convert inbox items into scheduled items with those standard options.


#135

Funny you should mention that - just yesterday something similar was added to the Android app:

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Overall, I have many ideas on streamlining inbox processing on Mobile, including options to move to Next and specific area, “defer” and so on. Really looking forward to those.

On the Desktop, have you tried inline commands?. They are very quick to use once you understand how it works. For example

:s 1
:s 7

The first one will schedule an item for tomorrow, the second one for +7 days.

There’s no command for “next monday” and it is indeed a good idea.


#136

Been using this software for a few months and have been loving it. Here are my feature requests that aren’t specifically in the roadmap:

Change “Someday/Maybe” to "Deferred"
I think this is cleaner terminology. I hate putting stuff into Someday/Maybe just because of how unclear and ambivalent it sounds. If I consciously decide I’m deferring making a decision on something, that feels much better. Perhaps that’s just a personal thing…

Have the Projects section appear with two tabs, one tab shows the active projects, the other tab holds all deferred projects
I feel like someday/maybe (deferred) items are TOO hidden. I’d love for something like this:

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A project would appear in both tabs if it contains both active items and deferred ones.

Have a default project with the name of the area to collect all one-off tasks that are assigned to that area but NOT to a project
Perhaps you already had this in mind, but you could maybe slightly change the font on this project to make it clear that it’s a default thing and have it disappear if there’s nothing in it.

Global (as in, you don’t need to have Everdo focused) quick capture button
Would love to be able to quickly add a task no matter what I’m in the middle of doing on my computer without having to bring the everdo window up.

This could be pretty sophisticated as it is in some other apps, or just a simple floating entry box that shoves the thing in your inbox.

Android quick capture widget
Same idea as above but for the android

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Home & End take you to beginning or end of a list
  • Pressing shift+N creates a new item at the TOP of the current list

#137

I think it could be done visually, just select a group of actions in a project and select “Sequential” or “Parallel.” Let’s say you have a group of people that you have to give an important document to, which hasn’t yet been written. First, you have a group of sequential actions to write the document, and when you’re done with that you can give them to people in whatever order you want. With this implementation you can de-clutter your next action list during the writing stage and not have to look at your project page to see everyone you have to hand the document to.

This is a rather simple example, and it’d be pretty easy to just turn the switch manually, but you can see how this kind of functionality would be useful.


#138

Well, this is just how GTD is. Someday means you’ll consider doing it one day. Deferred means you’ve delayed it until a specific date. Deferred in GTD is another word for Scheduled. So that renaming won’t work.

Why do you think it’s needed? What would this add that is not already there?

Agreed, this is in the backlog for both desktop and Android.

Also will be added.


#139

Fair enough. I guess you didn’t like the tab idea, I do, especially combined with the “area project” idea but the current implementation is still usable and get why it wouldn’t be a top priority.

The reason I request having a default project for tasks without a project would be because I find myself losing track of tasks when they aren’t in the project lists. The project list gives you a clean and quick way to review what needs to be done in an area.

To find these tasks though, I have to look for them in next/scheduled/waiting/focus and apply the appropriate filter to make them stand out (and some times they are spread across these lists making it more complicated).

These things seem to be harder to mentally make space for to begin with since they aren’t big enough to get their own project. The fact that you need to go through a unique and separate process to isolate them compared to finding project tasks makes them even more mentally slippery IMO.

The current set up makes it more difficult for me to mentally get a handle on what smaller/more unique (but potentially important) things I’ve got to do this week. I’d rather just be able to check my “Area Project” to see what odds and ends I need to keep track of rather than hunting through lists and applying filters.

Again, as long as I’m keeping my next/waiting etc. lists up to date this isn’t the biggest deal, but it feels mentally messier to me & part of the reason I use this software is because I like to feel mentally “neat”.


#140

I think grouping items by project might help here - in some way it’s the same as having a special “Standalone Actions Project” because it groups all standalone actions together.

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Also check out the “All” filter in the tags section - it will shows every single item in the current area:

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Good for a quick review of the whole area.


#141

Hi

Will you find that adding due date to notes into notebook is a good idea?

Use case : I have a list with my favourite recipes and I want to track the last time I did it. I can use scheduled date but it display the date not how many days since.

And when I set a note to an old scheduled date, it mess with all my previous notes.


#142

Be able to put an entire project to Waiting for will be great to :slight_smile:


#143

Hi

Me again :confused:

Will it be possible to see year on scheduled list ? For now we only see month and day number.

Edit : and in due date


#144

Wouldn’t it be better to simply put this info into note’s title or description?

There was a suggestion to be able to “pause” projects which are being blocked by a Waiting action. That would prevent next actions from from the project appearing in Next until the waiting item is done.

But putting the whole project in Waiting doesn’t make much sense in my opinion. Why make it a project if it’s going to be delegated.

Yes, this is clearly missing in the Desktop app.


#145

For the due date on notes, yes it works I use that right now, it just doesn’t count how many days since the last time I did it.

But I understand it’s a specific use case !


#146

Hi @Andrei,

It would be fine to see also the year in due dates. Now we only see month and day.

Many thanks