Started building zenfocus

I had this idea on top of my mind for a long time now, but I noticed two problems we have :

  1. It is very hard to focus daily on doing the right things for the business are there are always distractions and unplanned things

  2. As you reach a certain team size, you don't know what others are working on daily

For 1. my daily routine has been to write down everyday a new list of to dos, and put 1, 2 and 3 for my top priorities

For 2. I used JIRA, Trello, white board, etc... but it gives only an overview of the week priorities at best. The developers team is doing daily scrums, and this is really help. Then other teams started doing a sort of daily, but no one know what the daily of each team is really about.

I started building zenfocus with no business model in mind, just as a minimalist tool (no registration required). You just go there daily, and add your current focus. You can then see an history of your daily focuses

I think the next things I will add are :

  • Tell of well you performed for your previous goal (ex. Yesterday, I accomplished 75% of my daily focus)
  • Have an overview of how well you accomplished your focuses / month
  • Teams : be able to see what others are working on
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    I like minimalist focus ideas like this, the question would be, how to keep it at the front of people's minds? I put my focus into your page, but doubt I would remember to go back to your page we weren't interacting IH :-) . It might be interesting to do a chrome/gmail/gcal plugin that reminds you of your focus automatically in your top distraction spaces, like injecting an "advertisement" at the top of your e-mail or add a google calendar event for the day, or maybe inject a bar at the top of the page when you go to reddit. Obviously too much would be annoying but..

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      You are totally right, the less instrusive way to bring back users I was thinking of was having this as the default page for new tabs. I was also thinking about a Slack bot that asks you daily questions.

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    I know the idea is to focus on one thing, but:

    1. I have lots of things to do in any given day
    2. I like to switch between these often
      Not sure if you included that scenario when doing zenfocus, but maybe you can suggest how the product can help in that case?
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      Thanks for the feedback :)
      I have no definite direction on where I want this to go yet.
      Maybe allowing users to add their entire to do list, and let them select everyday the top 3 they want to focus on for the day?

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        Sounds good, but you'll need something that differentiates you from all other productivity tools out there. I think now that's minimalism
        I also try to go with minimalism in my Wrenches product, this way it's just way easier for me to digest information

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