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almost 5 years ago from David Power, Co-founder and COO of Hiri

  • Jake ZienJake Zien, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

    One thing that comes to mind is that I consistently prefer apps that give me a rule or two, and let me experiment with them to build my own system, rather than boxing me into a rigid methodology. Like, with Mailbox, the only new concept is snooze, and I can play that off of more familiar features to flexibly handle all kinds of situations. I don't need specific actions for every unique case; one new tool reframes the existing ones to let me build a better way of working. Or in Workflowy, the only real feature is that any bullet in my list can be temporarily zoomed to the top level. Yet that one thing allows me to build the system that fits me, eschewing all the heavy pages and documents and folders and notebooks that bog down other listing/note apps.

    Best example I can think of is probably Apple's Mission Control vs the old Exposé/Spaces. Exposé and spaces were discrete, simple tools that each did one thing, and after learning how to use them separately, I could combine them to quickly accomplish a broad range of tasks. Mission control gloms them together, covering all the possible use cases at once, which feels comparatively imprecise and confusing.

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    • David Power, almost 5 years ago

      Bit of a Workflowy fan myself!

      Hopefully we're striking a balance. We don't subscribe to any particular methodology ourselves (and we're productivity nuts, we've tried quite a few!). Inbox zero takes quite a bit of discipline, which I don't just have. Ends up being Inbox 50-100. Anywhere we've added friction we've done so deliberately to make people think.

      We have bigger plans for the To-do list, but we've kept it very loose for now. Whatever about email, To-do lists seem to be a very personal choice. We haven't added any bells and whistles to our list -WYSIWYG. Going to watch users for a while and see what they want.

      Really like your observations RE: Mission control vs. Exposé. it does feel like Apple are getting more and more prescriptive - and I don't like it either. Must take a look at Hiri from this perspective. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Greatly appreciated.

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