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A First Look at the new Todoist

A First Look at the new Todoist

To say that you support HTML5 may seem like a marketing gimmick nowadays and a way to put the little HTML5 banner on your site, but HTML5 is a great technology that allows developers deliver rich and powerful web applications. These applications can be so powerful inside of the browser that they can look and feel like native desktop applications.

When I got the email about the new Todoist being rebuilt using HTML5 technologies, I was nothing but excited. There are some apps online that can get away with taking time and posting back to a server as well as have the possibility of the server being unreachable at times that won’t be too disrupting to a service. Task and project managers are not one of them. Let’s take a look at the new Todoist, what it has to offer, and what it feels like to use.

Speed

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Adding tasks to Todoist

    One of the new Todoist’s selling points is its speed. I will say it does feel like using a native app. This is done by making the interface highly responsive while doing all of the data transfer of creating, updating, and deleting data asynchronously. You don’t have to wait for data to be passed from the your web client to the Todoist server and vice versa.

    Moving, creating, updating, and deleting tasks is simple and works well. Even all of the searching and sorting is done client side making filtering of your lists and tasks nice and fast.

    Local storage

    Another killer feature of the new Todoist is its use of HTML5’s local storage API. This allows the app to go offline if the Todoist server isn’t available and use local storage to create and modify your data. When the server comes back, all of your data is pushed back to the cloud and synced up. Like I said in the intro, this is an excellent feature for a task and project management application because of the nature of its use. People tend to use their project management application day-in and day-out, so having it available at any time, regardless if a server is up is crucial.

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      In my limited use of the Todoist beta, I didn’t experience the server going offline so I disabled my WiFi instead to force Todoist into offline mode. Once my WiFi was off I started adding project and tasks and then was notified by a little yield symbol that I was working offline and that Todoist would check for connectivity soon. Either that, or I could force a sync. I manipulated some of my data (deleted and added things, edited some todos, etc.) and then flipped on WiFi. In about 20 seconds I was back online with Todoist in sync.

      The use of the local storage API is fantastic and will be a precedent setter for any other web based task and project management apps in the future.

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      Mobile

      Another key feature of the new Todoist is its mobile support. The ideas is to have one app that supports a desktop browser as well as a mobile browser to ensure that your todos are available anywhere, anytime.

        The mobile app is relatively fast on an iPhone, but you can feel the “webapp” lag that accompanies any non-native app on a mobile device. It does work well though and manipulating tasks seems fast enough and responsive. To be completely honest though, I’d rather have a native iPhone app than a mobile web app. The web app for desktop doesn’t bother me because my computer’s browser has enough horsepower, but using it on a limited mobile device, you can really feel the difference.

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        Another issue that I had with the mobile app is its use of non-retina graphics for the refresh and add task buttons as well as the Todoist logo itself. It’s a small detail, but something that takes away from the user experience.

        The beta of the new Todoist shows us that you can now have a decently complicated webapp feel like a desktop app with the use of HTML5 and JavaScript in the browser. The app is fast and fluid and truly does feel like a desktop app when in use. Despite the few bugs I ran into (it’s a beta, remember), I’d have to say that the new Todoist is going to be one of the best web based productivity apps that will be available. It will be interesting to see what other apps like Toodledo, Remember the Milk, etc. do in response to this dynamic change of Todoist. Check out the new Todoist for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments.

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        Last Updated on December 30, 2018

        How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

        How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

        This article is the 2nd in the 6-part series, Lifehack Challenge: Become An Early Riser In 5 Days.

        If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

        So how to become an early riser?

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        Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper to early morning wizard:

        1. Choose to get up before you go to sleep

        You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock. You’re frustrated, angry, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

        No more! If you want to be a consistently early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you have only to follow through on your decision from the night before. Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

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        Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

        2. Have a plan for your extra time

        Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day? If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

        What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed. You’ll get things done and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

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        3. Make rising early a social activity

        While there’s obvious value in joining a Lifehack Challenge in order to get you started as an early riser, your internet buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

        Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning. But wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am? The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

        4. Don’t use an alarm that makes you angry

        If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning? I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

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        When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

        5. Get your blood flowing right after waking

        If you don’t have a neighbor you can pick fights with at 5am you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head. Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

        If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you. If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it!

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