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Show DN: How do you capture intent?

over 5 years ago from , Founder at piq · Product Designer at DoNext

TLDR

This is DoNext, an app that I’m designing: App Store link

It’s a hybrid, messaging/to-do app that will make your life better. I’d appreciate a download, like some feedback, but more than anything else, I’d love to know how you work.

  1. How do you capture and go about executing a list of things to-do, every day?

  2. Do you plan work days/weeks in advance, or is it decided every day?

  3. How do you use Calendars? Do you schedule meetings, block off time to work?

  4. What strategies do you use to delegate and/or collaborate with others?

  5. What tools do you use (Apps/Books/Funky work desks/PAs) to get stuff done?

DoNext’s vision

Technically, DoNext is an aggregator of information across sources: Calendars, Reminders, To-dos. But more importantly, it’s an articulation of intent. On dogfooding my own app, I’ve found a greater sense of purpose and inspiration when the things that I need to do today, are on the same list with books to read/study, and longer term life goals. It changes from a “I’ll get to this someday” to “This is next”, which has lead to a great, satisfying boost in productivity.

We’re also designing it to work well with teams: The end goal is to not just help, but inspire to plan and do great things with others.

We’re a small, agile team that’s working on features, smoother & obvious flows and a better user experience tirelessly. Your feedback helps!

Like any good investigative UX research, your feedback will drive patterns that will improve the design of the product (which moves very fast). I’m always happy to chat directly via email, personal Twitter or DoNext’s new Twitter account.

Thank you for the time!

3 comments

  • Wes OudshoornWes Oudshoorn, over 5 years ago

    I was at Startup School by Y-Combinator a while back, and they said to people: tell them what it is before you tell us the why! We'll figure out why we need this. I am saying this, because still, after all the text and screenshots, I don't really know what this is. An agenda replacement? A todo list? Like something hybrid? Why would I want something hybrid?

    As for your questions:

    How do you capture and go about executing a list of things to-do, every day? I use reminders on my phone and macbook.

    Do you plan work days/weeks in advance, or is it decided every day? I have client work scheduled on days. On this day I take off where I left or start a new project or fix stuff from my reminders list.

    How do you use Calendars? Do you schedule meetings, block off time to work? Schedule meetings / appointments, vacations, commuting.

    What strategies do you use to delegate and/or collaborate with others? Slack. Email.

    What tools do you use (Apps/Books/Funky work desks/PAs) to get stuff done? Focus on productivity instead of # of hours worked. Write down what I will do on my computer as soon as I open it. Say no to stuff.

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    • Aayush Iyer, over 5 years ago

      Thanks Wes. The feedback is great. I believe we’re at a point in design right now, where the "Why this is needed in the world" is stunningly clear, but "What’s this look like" is still guided by people’s experience of the app.

      In its current form, the app is a to-do list with a special emphasis on collaborative (task/intent) based messaging.

      The screenshots are a little old, I give you that and they’re being changed in the next update. Here’s a sneak peek at what they’ll look like:

      http://cl.ly/image/3u22311g2q3E

      Thank you for your responses. I’d love to know how you use Slack/Email for collaboration in more detail if you have the time. Specifically, how easy it is for you to follow-up on someone - that’s something we’re trying to solve in a world with ephemeral messaging and flooded inboxes.

      Thanks again, and happy to chat offline too:

      Email · Personal Twitter

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  • Aayush Iyer, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    App Link Fail:

    Download on the App Store

    Feedback appreciated via:

    DoNext’s New Twitter Account · Email · Personal Twitter

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