There is a huge selection of new productivity applications being released these days and each one has its own unique approach to target a specific audience. There are tools such as OmniFocus that cater to the high-end GTD adepts and then there’s things like Moredays.
While OmniFocus uses contexts, tags, projects and priorities to help you manage your day to day activities, Moredays takes a much more relaxed approach and spans not only tasks, but contacts, events and notes too.
Moredays aims to be a single resource for the everyday human that is looking for a place to manage the day to day. It is not, and doesn’t intend to be, a fully fledged GTD application. Moredays takes a user-friendly, image rich, approach to ensure the user experience is what matters most. So many GTD apps focus so much on the process that they forget about the user and what they’ll need to do in order to use the application properly.
Photos and Stamps for Easy Recall
Humans recall images easier than words so it makes sense that each item in Moredays, whether it’s a task, contact, event or note, can have it’s own picture. Moredays even helps you get started by providing a whole bunch of sketches to pick from. These sketches are amazing little prompters. Need to make a call soon? No problem. Create a task and chose the ‘phone’ sketch. Need to book travel? Pick the ‘plane’ sketch. You can also upload as many photos as you like into Moredays and have them available for use on any item. Upload pictures of contacts, places, events, that shed that needs clearing out, anything.
Tagging is also different in Moredays and again uses images to help you remember. They’re called ‘stamps’. While you can’t add to what stamps are already available, the ones that are there are more than enough. Add up to three stamps to any item and it will jump out at you when you’re scanning your lists, inbox or sketcher.
Inbox and Sketcher
Any good productivity app understands that when you think of something, you don’t necessarily understand enough about it to know exactly what it is or where it needs to go, or have time enough to write down everything you need to about it. These thoughts should be put straight into the Inbox and expanded on later. The inbox can then be sorted through and the activities filtered off to the right spot. Moredays is no different in this regard. When you create an item you can choose to specify the type of item it is, or you can leave it for the time being and simply jot down the thought.
The inbox lists everything that is still to be sorted and orders them by the date the item was created. And, like other lists in Moredays, it shows the photo or sketch on the left and the stamps to the right of each item. Sorting them out is easy by just editing and choosing if the item is a task, contact, event or note.
Moredays has a unique feature called the Sketcher. Sketcher is like a summary of everything you’ve done today or have to do. It shows notes created today, tasks due today and any events happening today. Of course, you can scroll through to different days to see what your agenda looks like at any time. Today’s birthdays appear in the left menu section.
You can go straight to any item you see on the Sketcher with a simple click.
Bringing it all Together
Moredays will integrate with your Google Contacts and Calendar too. So you can keep everything in sync all the time. Changes made to a contact in one place will effortlessly appear in the other. And the same goes for events. When an event appears in your Google Calendar, from an emailed invitation for example, the same event will appear in Moredays, location, reminders, description and all.
Moredays is Mobile
While Moredays is currently a web-only application, their website clearly shows that mobile versions are coming. In fact, if you look at the web interface, it looks like it was designed mainly for the iPad. I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of the beta programs for both iPad and iPhone and they are both shaping up to be very strong mobile productivity applications, maintaining the fluid, image based nature of the web application and seamlessly syncing across all devices.
Moredays is perfect if you’re looking for a way to get your day to day life in order, but don’t want to worry about dealing with a process heavy GTD system. It’s quick, easy to use and most of all, it’s fun. Go and check it out, it’s free. Visit www.moredays.com to get started. Moredays is currently in beta, but I encourage you to take look, it’s definitely one to keep you’re eye on and tell your mum about.