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.