Happy New Year!

Here’s to a prosperous and productive 2015 !
We have a number of exciting things coming this year.
Looking forward to announcing them once we’re all back to work next week.

New Stuff – Tag Colors, ETA to Done, Search Improvements

Well this took longer than anticipated.  The update should apply itself automatically with a browser refresh.

What’s New?

  • Assign colors to your tags. This makes for nice, quick visual cues when scanning lists of actions. Assign colors to existing tags by right-clicking on them, either in the main window, the context bar, or when manging tags via the tag library dialog.


  • Find out how much time you need to complete a series of actions. Assuming you’ve assigned estimated Time (effort) required to complete your actions, you can now multi-select + right-click and look in the popup menu to see a quick tally of the time necessary to get to done


  • Search Improvements – searching on multiple words (that don’t appear next to each other) will return results as expected. Note, we’ve removed Logbook results to help speed things up. If you really need to find something in your Logbook, start your search with “in:logbook” followed by whatever search terms you desire. example – “in:logbook adam work” → et voila.

What else?

  • Long-running action/project names no longer bleed into UI elements from the right-side. This glitch used to manifest itself mainly for people with smaller screens, but hey, we have nothing against small screens.
  • Creating a new action in Focus / grouped by state / while filtered for Due items now works as intended. Used to be that pressing hotkey N wouldn’t display the “New Action” UI properly. Now it does.
  • As a first step towards overhauling our login towards a unified system, some login URLs have changed. But as we’ve placed redirects in all of the appropriate places, any existing bookmarks should continue to work fine.

Under the hood

This release is built on jQuery 2. It’s been many many months in the making (porting) and includes significant code refactoring for better performance across all browsers.

Escaping the Time-Scarcity Trap

In case you missed it, Janet Choi from @idonethis has a compelling piece on 99U titled “Escaping the Time-Scarcity Trap.”

“When you are busy, you feel flustered. When you’re flustered you start focusing on reactive work — which makes you feel busier. And when you are busy, you feel flustered… The good news is that it’s possible to escape the trap of time-scarcity thinking by reframing how you perceive your lack of time.”

The full piece can be found here: