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FacileThings Goals for 2018

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez Tags Newsletter

This year, we haven’t done any survey among our users to define the priorities of our next developments. There are several reasons that justify this:

  1. We have initiated a process of redesigning the entire application, section by section, that must be finished as soon as possible. This “redesign” implies a whole lot of work at all levels. It isn’t just meant for creating a more pleasant visual design, but it has the purpose of facilitating the work flow, simplifying processes, getting rid of friction, and adding a multitude of functional improvements. Ultimately, we seek to improve significantly the user experience and we think that needs to be our top priority.
  2. We have reached a number of users and daily transactions that forces us to make structural improvements to be able to grow without reducing the performance of the application. Improving the speed of service response and solving potential problems that may lead to reducing the server performance has also become a high priority.
  3. This year we need to update the technology we are using, the development environment, libraries, components, etc. It has been two years since the last big upgrade and it is really important to catch up so we can move forward without the pieces that make up FacileThings get obsolete and start generating problems.
  4. Finally, we still have some things to do as a result of the last survey, and both the development of those projects and the order of priorities are still valid.

That said, I’m going to introduce you the projects that will form our roadmap for 2018, divided into two blocks: those we have planned to do in the first quarter, and those we want to do during the rest of the year (this division is due to the simple fact that we plan quarter to quarter).

There are no estimated dates because at any time it might be better to change the order and priority of a project, because some new projects might come up that need to be done immediately which would make us postpone the ones already planned, and because I believe that the pressure of deadlines usually lead up to producing mediocre results. Either way, the order that we expect to be carrying out is the following.

The First Quarter

  • New design of the navigation system. The top bar menu will be completely reorganized, following the five steps of the GTD methodology (capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage). This bar will also contain two tools that must always be present and accessible: the search tool and the filter to focus on one goal or area of responsibility.
  • Redesign of the Lists section. It also will include a new action editing window that will contain all the options you can do on a task in the same place, a graphical user interface to indicate starting dates, and a multitude of little details.
  • Improvements in the use of the Calendar: Events grouped by date, events duration, customization of the first day of the week and the date and time formats, option to see the “hidden” events in the Ticker File, etc.
  • Project management in mobile apps: New feature that will allow you to see your active projects (in progress and waiting), and organize their actions, both in sequential and kanban-style planning.
  • Redesign of the Routines section: It will include improvements in the definition of frequencies, new types of frequencies (“every Tuesday and Thursday”, “first Monday of every month", etc.), the possibility of turning an existing task into a routine and to edit the routine from the task itself, UI for energy and expected time, attaching files, etc.
  • Making the application thread-safe. This is a technical improvement that will allow us to run the application on a server with several concurrent threads, significantly reducing the response time for the user and the number of errors that occur due to unattended requests.
  • Filters in mobile apps: Possibility of applying focus filters (goals and areas of responsibility) and filter to choose the next action (by context, time and energy).

The Rest of the Year

And this are the improvements planned for the rest of the year, in the expected order. They are not explained in detail because they haven’t been planned yet, but you can guess what they are by the name (we will be detailing them in the newsletters by email and, probably, also on the blog).

  • Redesign of the Collect option
  • Redesign of the Process option
  • Global upgrade of the technical frameworks
  • Mobile apps: Continuous improvement of features, performance, and ease of use
  • Redesign the Review option
  • New feature: Project Templates
  • Improvements on the website blog
  • New feature: Outlook calendar integration
  • Redesign of the Perspective section
  • Redesign of the Analytics section
  • New FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section in the website
  • New web app for mobile devices
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Francisco Sáez
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Francisco is the founder and CEO of FacileThings. He is also a Software Engineer who is passionate about personal productivity and the GTD philosophy as a means to a better life.

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11 comments

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Commented almost 5 years ago Christian

Great work! I really like facilethings, mainly beause of it's great integration with Evernote and it helps me relate the tasks with projects, goals and roles/visions.
One suggestion - when searching for the best GTD app, I watch youtube a lot to see reviews and tutorials.
It would be great if you are more visible on Youtube, it would make this great app look more active and alive.

best regards,
Christian

0c2dec672092f6567bb59555570011c7 Christian

Great work! I really like facilethings, mainly beause of it's great integration with Evernote and it helps me relate the tasks with projects, goals and roles/visions.
One suggestion - when searching for the best GTD app, I watch youtube a lot to see reviews and tutorials.
It would be great if you are more visible on Youtube, it would make this great app look more active and alive.

best regards,
Christian

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Commented almost 5 years ago Michał

Hi, it's great to see so many things planned. I especially like the focus on getting rid of little nuisances and enabling even more streamlined workflow. I have noticed that death by thousand paper cuts is in y case the primary reason to abandon any system/methodology/app/etc. FacileThings makes it's easier to adapt and use GTD I'm glad it's an ongoing process.

31e9edb3d10859de6e8c0396325ef3ec Michał

Hi, it's great to see so many things planned. I especially like the focus on getting rid of little nuisances and enabling even more streamlined workflow. I have noticed that death by thousand paper cuts is in y case the primary reason to abandon any system/methodology/app/etc. FacileThings makes it's easier to adapt and use GTD I'm glad it's an ongoing process.

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Commented almost 5 years ago Chad

Glad to see that the annual fees are going back into continuous improvement.

C119e352ef81852947581adad758a2da Chad

Glad to see that the annual fees are going back into continuous improvement.

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Commented almost 5 years ago Isaac

One thing I've wanted to see regarding routines is to have them appear in my next actions list or calendar on a day of the week prior to a day of the month. For instance, the Saturday before the 8th of the month. The reason for this is if I do my weekly review every Saturday, I would find it useful to have all my tasks for the upcoming week added on the day I perform my weekly review.

501e11ba3e9c900ac50658ed168bb92a Isaac

One thing I've wanted to see regarding routines is to have them appear in my next actions list or calendar on a day of the week prior to a day of the month. For instance, the Saturday before the 8th of the month. The reason for this is if I do my weekly review every Saturday, I would find it useful to have all my tasks for the upcoming week added on the day I perform my weekly review.

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Commented almost 5 years ago Francisco Sáez

Thank you guys for your encouragement. The goals are very challenging and the planning somewhat optimistic, but we are very excited about what lies ahead.

Christian, Isaac, thanks for your suggestions. Noted!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Thank you guys for your encouragement. The goals are very challenging and the planning somewhat optimistic, but we are very excited about what lies ahead.

Christian, Isaac, thanks for your suggestions. Noted!

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Commented almost 5 years ago Tony Edwards

Echo previous comments. Great job. I am though disappointed that the outlook integration and microsoft integration in general is not higher up the list of priorities... Thanks Francisco

629c3df4ee6600728166a5aec77766e8 Tony Edwards

Echo previous comments. Great job. I am though disappointed that the outlook integration and microsoft integration in general is not higher up the list of priorities... Thanks Francisco

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Commented almost 5 years ago Günther

Sounds great! I especially do look forward to the new navigation system.

For me it's still very inconvenient that I can't work with Facilethings when being offline. :-(

00d0a361be3efa69c937adcb1446d9cd Günther

Sounds great! I especially do look forward to the new navigation system.

For me it's still very inconvenient that I can't work with Facilethings when being offline. :-(

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Commented almost 5 years ago Paul moss

Great update. Having recently moved to FT following the demise of IQTell I am still getting used to the way things work. Google Calendar integration was a good step and certainly Outlook integration will open up a big market to you so I agree with Tony's comment above. Having said that it is the complete process I am interested in and if you can make that smarter and easier to use and follow then that should be your highest priority. I am starting to use the mobile app far more so if you can bring that forward with core features such as projects it becomes part of the whole solution not just a handy add on. Keep up the good work!

F75fa02aed386935e896ca2caab9d421 Paul moss

Great update. Having recently moved to FT following the demise of IQTell I am still getting used to the way things work. Google Calendar integration was a good step and certainly Outlook integration will open up a big market to you so I agree with Tony's comment above. Having said that it is the complete process I am interested in and if you can make that smarter and easier to use and follow then that should be your highest priority. I am starting to use the mobile app far more so if you can bring that forward with core features such as projects it becomes part of the whole solution not just a handy add on. Keep up the good work!

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Commented almost 5 years ago Sunil

Hi Francisco, Great start by setting up optimistic goals !
My suggestion is to develop the mobile app into an intuitive, sleek GTD app on priority. Mobile gives easy access to GTD database anytime from anywhere. Since smart phone gained more popularity, many people use mobile phone for their GTD practice more frequently than workstations. Appreciate considering to include Engage (Do) section in Mobile app in addition to Projects.

443258b27544af2979c579d213e7ef1a Sunil

Hi Francisco, Great start by setting up optimistic goals !
My suggestion is to develop the mobile app into an intuitive, sleek GTD app on priority. Mobile gives easy access to GTD database anytime from anywhere. Since smart phone gained more popularity, many people use mobile phone for their GTD practice more frequently than workstations. Appreciate considering to include Engage (Do) section in Mobile app in addition to Projects.

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Commented almost 5 years ago Steve

Fantastic plans, Francisco! I'm excited that Outlook is on the list -- I assume that will include Office 365? Love FT and looking forward to these developments. Did I say I was excited? :-)

892783ab2600008ccb3560f2e1cfa724 Steve

Fantastic plans, Francisco! I'm excited that Outlook is on the list -- I assume that will include Office 365? Love FT and looking forward to these developments. Did I say I was excited? :-)

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Commented almost 5 years ago Francisco Sáez

Tony, Paul & Steven, we'll try to integrate with Outlook as soon as possible. There are many people who want this feature (I think Office 365 calendar uses the same APIs than the traditional Outlook calendar, so it'll be included).

Günther, we are including offline capacities in the mobile apps. As long as they have more functionality, you will be able to do more things when you don't have connection.

Sunil: Absolutely, greatly improving the mobile app is one of our main purposes right now. And yes, it'll have and Engage section ;)

Thanks so much for your support!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Tony, Paul & Steven, we'll try to integrate with Outlook as soon as possible. There are many people who want this feature (I think Office 365 calendar uses the same APIs than the traditional Outlook calendar, so it'll be included).

Günther, we are including offline capacities in the mobile apps. As long as they have more functionality, you will be able to do more things when you don't have connection.

Sunil: Absolutely, greatly improving the mobile app is one of our main purposes right now. And yes, it'll have and Engage section ;)

Thanks so much for your support!

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