Power Tip: Concentrating with the Focus list

Focusing items can help you highlight things that need your attention now. They get a star and they appear in the Focus list, which you can have emailed to you daily. It’s a great way to concentrate on what matters, without being distracted by other things that maybe aren’t quite as critical at the moment.

Bruce Lee keeps his focus despite the chaos that surrounds


How to focus items:

You can manually focus any item by clicking the star icon next to it . If you’re using the web app, you can also drag items to your Focus list.

You can automatically focus actions and projects by giving them a scheduled start or due date. When the date arrives, it will appear in your Focus list so you don’t forget.

Due date arrives- item gets focused


Good to know: Starring an item doesn’t move it. The Focus list just shows your starred items in one place, but the items still exist in their original locations.

Getting your Focus list by email:

If you’re worried you’ll forget to check your Focus list, you can have that sent to you first thing in the morning. To set it up:

Access your settings and click My Account/ Manage Account. Within the new page, scroll down to Focus via Email, click Change Days of the Week and make your selections.

Focus email days

Good to know: We’ll send your Focus list to the email address you use to login to Nirvana, so keep an eye out for it there.

This is just one of the ways you can find what you need in Nirvana when you need it. For more information about focusing and filtering to choose your next action, check out our getting started guide.

Power-Tip: Using Links in Notes

Adding links to your notes is a convenient way to connect your item to external content. You can link to documents, launch webpages and applications, send emails, and call phone numbers simply by adding the link or number to your notes. Just click the link while your notes are in display mode and you’ll launch your action. Take a look:

Want more info? Here are a few tips to help you use the different types of links:

Web content
Nirvana assumes you’re using http or https as a protocol in your links, if you need to access another protocol, such as FTP, make sure it’s written at the beginning of the link.

Files stored online
These work just like web links. If you use a cloud-drive type service (e.g. Google Drive, OneDrive/SkyDrive,  etc), add a link to the file or folder in the notes section of your item. Click on it and your file or folder will open.

Custom Links
You can also launch other apps by using custom URL schemes. Each app requires a slightly different type of link, so check what format it uses. Next, create the link in the application and add it to your notes. Make sure the app is installed on your device, then click the link to access it. 

Phone numbers
Click directly on the number to make your call using your mobile phone or any click-to-call extension installed on your web browser. Phone numbers are clickable with the following formats: 1-123-123-1234, 1 123 123 1234, (123) 456-7890, 123 456 7890, or 123-456-7890. You can also use dots in place of dashes.

To launch a blank email, just add the address to the notes. Voila!

You have an amazing wisdom and power now. Enjoy.

Link is the hero of Hyrule

If you’ve got any questions, comments, or suggestions for contact us at support@nirvanahq.com.


April showers bring May updates!

The newest mobile version will be available soon is now available and it includes OTA, fixes, and enhancements- oh my! Grab it for Android via GooglePlay and for iOS on the AppStore. While you’re here, take a look at what’s new:

Nirvana now has OTA (over-the-air) updates. Say what?

Having over-the-air updates means that once an enhancement or fix is ready to go out, you’ll get it on your device right away. No more waiting around between builds.

This means quicker improvements, seamless upgrades, and simple rollback if ever needed. Yay!




Anything else? You bet. We’ve added:

  • ‘About’ and ‘Support’ tabs in Settings. So help and information are now just a tap away.
  • New preferences added to match the features of the web app:
    • Let you see unassigned items when globally filtering by area.
    • Give you the option to assign inbox items to the current area when you move the items to a list.
  • More options for project and reference list assignment. When you filter a list by an attribute, you can now easily add an item from that list to project/reference lists that don’t contain that attribute.
  • Auto-focus to the text field if you open item notes.
  • Better handling of phone numbers, web links, and custom URL schemes (links that open other apps).
  • The option to log a single item and the ability to log all done projects with a tap.



This version also has lots and lots of bug fixes. Like these:

  • If you wanted your week to start on Monday, the days of the month were sometimes wonky. They’re now as they should be.
  • You couldn’t move a reference item to an action list, but now you can make that happen.
  • Long words in notes and long area names were acting strangely. Now they’re nice.
  • The “default” tag colour is now the same shade of grey as the initial tag colour.


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As always, if you’ve got a question or comment, give us a shout at http://nirvanahq.com/support.