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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 January 21, 2020

        5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

        5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

        In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

        Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut only to get back into another one.

        How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

        • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
        • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
        • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
        • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
        • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
        • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

        When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnancy in life, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help.

        Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

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        1. Realize You’re Not Alone

        Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths.

        Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

        2. Find What Inspires You

        Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation.

        What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

        On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem.

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        If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

        3. Give Yourself a Break

        When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

        Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave.

        Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future.

        These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

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        4. Shake up Your Routines

        Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

        Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’re 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

        When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

        5. Start with a Small Step

        Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

        Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward.

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        Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years.

        On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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