I have been looking for Wunderlist replacement since last year. I can feel Wunderlist is staling. Wunderlist’s new incarnation, Microsoft To-Do, isn’t making good progress. It lacks basic features like sub-projects et al. Given how long it’s been since Microsoft’s acquisition of Wunderlist was announced and the development progress of the To-Do app, I have no hope that To-Do will be worth the wait.
Trello seemed to be a good replacement for a bit, but on looking deeper, Trello is a great project management tool, but not so much a to-do list. Sure, I can tweak Trello’s boards with checklists, but that’s taking one tool and making it work for something that it is not designed for. I prefer to avoid such hacks where possible. Sorry, Davor!
As luck would have it, I recently learned that Doist’s blog has moved to WordPress. While reading their beautiful and minimally designed blog, I came across this great post titled Why We Don’t Have an Exit Strategy. That post made me confident that Doist is going to be around for a long time if not forever. (By the way, that’s exactly how blogging helps spread your message and grow your business. So go blog!)
So that helped end my (re)search for the next to-do app. I look forward to use Todoist Premium for a long time.
Wunderlist — you have been great while you lasted. But it’s time for me to move on to greener pastures.
I imported my Wunderlist to-dos and projects to Todoist. I will soon upgrade to Premium. I also need to set up some zaps and other workflows that will take some time, but I should be done with Wunderlist by the end of this quarter.
Earlier this month I signed up for Grammarly to improve my writing. I used it for a few weeks, and it seemed like a useful app to help me write better. So I thought of upgrading to Pro but haven’t opened my wallet.
Then an email appeared on 10 Nov suggesting me to upgrade for a 40% discount but only for the next 48-hours. It was tempting. But I am so used to email marketing. So I chose to wait. Then the Last chance: email came on the second day. I ignored it.
The upgrade went up to its full price. I was worried and even regretted not opting for the 40% discount. But I also hoped that if I pretend to ignore for a few more weeks, maybe the email marketing bot would send me the 40% discount email again. So I continued to wait.
Last week I received a Black Friday discount for 55%. This time I did not waste time to upgrade.
Could I have gotten more discount if I waited for more? Who knows? Have I fallen for marketing? Probably. But I felt 55% off is a right balance between the price I am paying and the value I think I am getting for my money.
It is another good reminder for me in this consumerist society to not fall for instant gratification. Good things generally come to those who wait.
I already use some apps like Wunderlist, Slack and VLC mentioned in that list. But one app that I felt I could use is Itsycal. It shows the calendar from the menu bar; something I wish the default time date / time app on Mac showed. Itsycal also connected to the calendar app on the Mac and synched all the events. I am no longer using the default time app on the menu bar. Now my calendar is just Ctrl + I away.
I broke the streak once in June 2016, not because I slacked but because I was stuck on the dated iPhone 4 running on dated iOS 7 on which the Elevate app was slow and crashed repeatedly. I was also traveling and didn’t have reliable internet. I couldn’t let all this break my 610 day streak at that point. So once I am on the reliable phone and internet, I completed a handful of games retrospectively to fix the streak. And of course, playing Elevate is a fun way to improve vocabulary and math skills little bit everyday.
Hit the 800 day streak on Elevate today. Between moving the phones and traveling, I lost the streak in June. So I used the cheat to restore the streak and never missed a day ever since. Here’s to 1000 days.
I reached 401 day long streak on Elevate today. I was at 101 last time when I wrote about this cool educational app.
Elevate combines two of my passions: deliberate practice and building tiny habits. This is what makes me reach out to Elevate as soon as I wake up every morning.
It hurts to break a habit streak. Especially, when it only takes about five minutes a day to build it. It totally sucked when I broke the streak twice, once around 30 days and the other at 52 days. Luckily, I am yet to miss a day since. Until I break the streak again, I will say that it is easy to build streaks on tiny habits :). Touchwood!
Completing three games daily takes about five minutes. It is easy to do, it is also easy not to do, as I recall a note from the fourth chapter of The Slight Edge. It usually takes another five to seven minutes to score perfect games. So it only takes at most fifteen minutes to make the day count and score perfect games. Everyone has fifteen minutes. There are no excuses really. I think this is what has helped me get going.
Following are my stats and Elevate Proficiency Quotient (EPQ). I love how both the app’s design and my EPQ have evolved over time. I did not improve in listening because I always skipped listening games.
Now that I celebrated the 400-day milestone by writing about it, 500, here I come.
Today this wish became true. Google released Photos app that ticks all three boxes.
Like everyone’s, my camera roll has precious memories on it which I keep pushing to cloud regularly. But I only have a limited storage space across all the cloud services. My current go to photos app is Flickr. It allows 1 TB of free space. It is good except that it doesn’t upload videos.
It looks like Google Photos is everything I wanted in a photo storage service. I know that Google is not doing any charity. But I am happy to let them use my photos and data in return for securing my lifetime memories. I am not fanatical about privacy. I believe there is no harm if Google send some ads my way. That is perfectly okay for me.
The joy of reliving years worth of photos should only be experienced. It shows how you and people close to you have evolved. This is what gets me excited about this app.
I installed your app after many months so I can easily set one of the photos in my camera roll as a cover photo. This time I hoped to keep you on my iPhone.
However I am disappointed that you haven’t stopped infesting my feed with “People You May Know” list. I understand that as a service provider, you want my social network as large as it can be and my privacy as screwed as possible. But when I check my feed I expect to see my, well, feed. Not a list of people with who I have no intention of sharing my feed or personal photos.
You should know that not every user is alike. I am not like many of your users who let lots of people lurk in their social graph, as you call it. If I am dying to have someone as my Facebook friend, I can search and add them; your search is pretty cool.
I will see you again the day you make user experience your priority. Until then continue resting in the iCloud.
I discovered and started using this app since this May. I broke the streak twice, once around 30 days and the latest at 52 days. But I am glad to hit a 100 day streak yesterday.
It is a very well designed app that trains my brain across a range of cognitive functions like reading, writing, speaking, listening and math. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time and money, so I play the free version which lets me play three bite sized games a day. I can play all three games under 5 minutes and I spend a bit more time if I can, to get excellent scores.
Here is my EPQ:
I strongly suggest everyone to check this app and start using it. It is an addiction that will indeed enhance your smarts and thereby your life.