June 29, 2016

Taming the TeuxDeux List

This post is part of a 30 in 30 blog experiment, where I committed to writing 30 posts in 30 days with minimal planning between June 20, 2016 and July 20, 2016.

I've been keeping a bullet journal/journal journal for a couple months now but I've gotten super tired of moving tasks from one day to the next. I've struggled to find a fun and engaging way to track habits.

At work we use a task tracking app called dapulse which I LOVE. Seriously, if you need a task app for your team to be able to use that isn't as technical as project management software can be, allows you to communicate with each other and pass tasks back and forth - dapulse is awesome. I'd be happy to tell you about my experience and how we use it. It's also addicting to use, which is part of why it's the only thing we've tried that's stuck. Sadly, it's not available for individual use and I can't afford to pay $25 a month for just myself, so I've been on the hunt for something more affordable for personal use.*

After trying multiple apps I started using TeuxDeux. Designed by graphic designer Tina Roth Eisenberg (aka the SwissMiss), Teux Deux is essentially a design-y list app that allows you to also add recurring tasks and links. There's a daily task list as well as a place to make lists for other things so it essentially functions as a brain dump for errands I need to run, groceries I need to pick up, Target lists, gift lists, etc. My favorite function so far is that if I don't check an item off on a particular day, it automatically gets moved to the next day. Presto!

My favorite part is when I check off a task, a magical cat flies across the screen in celebration. It's adorable and I am easily amused. The app is affordable ($3 on a month-to-month basis or $24 for the year if you are a believer) and offers a free month to try it out.  The website functions as a desktop version but they also have an iphone app. This is starting to sound like an ad or something, but really I love using it.

I'm still recording what I get done in my journal (bullet journal whatever) on a daily basis because I like having a record of what I've done that's tied into thoughts I had, notes I took on podcasts, etc. all in one place because I am fascinated by my daily influences and how they affect my progress (or don't).

How do you keep track of all the stuff in your life? Any apps to recommend?

*Update July 31, 2016: dapulse has an amazing feedback loop for their users to provide info and feature ideas. I also spoke with them about the cost for dapulsers who want to use it on their own. I was offered a generous discount which was awesome. I will admit that neither Teux Deux and dapulse ended up working for me in the long run. I'm back to working off of a modified bullet journal.

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