So I read this great post started by Patrick @heylorenzut called "Are you ACTUALLY scratching your own itch?" and some really valuable comments from @mattkandler, @namkam5, @Primer, @JonathanOron, @mpodlasin, and @DanHulton. One of the best threads I've read on IH in a long time. If you read just one thing today, read this! 👍
After adding my own comments about the importance of talking to customers and getting out of your own head, I realized I'm probably not doing enough of that, and I should take some of my own medicine.
Everyone says "don't build another task management app", and for good reason – there are hundreds of solutions already out there (and I've tried about 50 of them), so this must be a solved problem. Right?
So here's why I'm building my own.
My productivity used to be erratic. I would typically have short bursts of high productivity followed by long periods of limping along. Then I discovered the Pomodoro method and now use time-tracking as a way to provide motivation and consistent work rhythm. This is not unpleasant time tracking as in "I have to track and report my time to my company" but more like how long-distance runners log miles and times as a source of achievement, progress, and pride.
I also keep track of a lot of projects and tasks, so I need a relatively robust and flexible task manager. For many years, I used (and loved) Todoist which fits 95% of my task management needs. But it doesn't have a time tracker. It does have integrations with other time tracking services but then I have to deal with two apps and an awkward user experience that just doesn't work for me.
Last, I'm aware that there are some very robust project management tools built for teams that have both task and time management. But I'm focused on individual productivity and the tangle of team features really clutter up those apps resulting in complicated and difficult-to-use UIs. Similarly, there are a couple good tools for freelancers, but they are cluttered with client management, CRM, invoicing and other tools I don't need.
🥁 So here are my app criteria: 🥁
That last point is subjective and may be my Achilles heel: I have a high bar (probably unreasonably high) for UI/UX. Several times people have heard my criteria and said "Oh, you're looking for X." And I try X, and think "Wow, this UI is terrible. How can you use it?" And they look at me all puzzled and say, "What's the problem? I like it. Works for me." But I can't stand mediocre design or clumsy UX.
So that's what I'm building.
Does this resonate with you? Or am I wasting my time? 🤔
If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading this long post, and I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.
Also if what I'm building sounds interesting to you and you want to be part of beta-testing and/or early-access, let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email at stevenkkim (at) gmail (dot) com.
Stay safe and keep on IHacking!