The NowDoThis Blog

A blog for NowDoThis, the one-thing-at-a-time todo list.

Email us: nowdothis@gmail

Jan 4 '12

First Keyboard Shortcut

Tap the “i” key to insert a new task, pushing the current task ahead.

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Dec 28 '11
Help us test a useful new feature: Timer.
When a task ends in what looks like an amount of time (like “5 minutes” or “30 seconds” or “20m”), it will show up with a live countdown timer, and even make a “ding” sound when it gets to zero. You can click the timer to pause.
Also, we’ve added a little texture to the design. Check it out: NowDoThis.com
We love comments & bug reports: nowdothis@gmail.com

Help us test a useful new feature: Timer.

When a task ends in what looks like an amount of time (like “5 minutes” or “30 seconds” or “20m”), it will show up with a live countdown timer, and even make a “ding” sound when it gets to zero. You can click the timer to pause.

Also, we’ve added a little texture to the design. Check it out: NowDoThis.com

We love comments & bug reports: nowdothis@gmail.com

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Dec 15 '11

After a hiatus of a few years, we’re excited to be working on NowDoThis again. Today’s update brings a few visual improvements to the design. Including… more seductive buttons!

Also, to make tabs, just use a colon, like in the photo. This is more intuitive than the old way of putting an “@” symbol before the word.

Let us know what else you’d like to see: nowdothis@gmail.com

NowDoThis - the one-thing-at-a-time todo list

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Aug 26 '08
Now there are tabs.
Make them with the @ symbol.
If I have a meeting with Francis later in the day, I will make a tab called @francis and add stuff we need to talk about as my day goes on. Once he arrives, I switch to his tab and the meeting agenda is ready to go.

Now there are tabs.

Make them with the @ symbol.

If I have a meeting with Francis later in the day, I will make a tab called @francis and add stuff we need to talk about as my day goes on. Once he arrives, I switch to his tab and the meeting agenda is ready to go.

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Aug 15 '08
There are some things I have to review which feel almost too good to let anyone else know about. NowDoThis is, sadly, one of them, but I think I’m inclined to share it with others given the productivity increase it has brought in me.

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Aug 13 '08

PopSiren demos NowDoThis.

I feel like I’m watching TV!

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Aug 5 '08

NowDoThis in more languages!

Thanks to our great translators, NowDoThis is available in the following languages.

  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Lithuanian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

If you have a friend who speaks one of these languages, we’d love to know what they think.

Aug 3 '08
More languages coming soon.

More languages coming soon.

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Aug 3 '08
Put NowDoThis in your Firefox sidebar.
Bookmark NowDoThis.
Choose “Organize Bookmarks” from the “Bookmarks” menu.
Select the NowDoThis bookmark.
Click “More”.
Select “Load this bookmark in sidebar.”
"it’s a constant reminder of what i need to be doing instead of messing about on the internet!" -gankit

Put NowDoThis in your Firefox sidebar.

  1. Bookmark NowDoThis.
  2. Choose “Organize Bookmarks” from the “Bookmarks” menu.
  3. Select the NowDoThis bookmark.
  4. Click “More”.
  5. Select “Load this bookmark in sidebar.”

"it’s a constant reminder of what i need to be doing instead of messing about on the internet!" -gankit

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Aug 3 '08
NowDoThis was favorably reviewed by Lifehacker.
They say, “it’s one of the most basic (yet useful) to-do lists I’ve ever seen.”

NowDoThis was favorably reviewed by Lifehacker.

They say, “it’s one of the most basic (yet useful) to-do lists I’ve ever seen.”

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Aug 2 '08
NowDoThis is international!
Currently, we are in English and German. The website will automatically appear in your language.
We are looking for translations into other languages: Dutch, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Can you please help us?
If so, please email NowDoThis@gmail.com.
For example:
German: list: [“ein nickerchen machen”,”stift kaufen”,”zimmer aufräumen”], done: “fertig.”, alldone: “alles erledigt!”, editlist: “liste editieren”, save: “speichern”, cancel: “abbrechen”, about: “über uns”, aboutText: ‘wie planst du deinen tag? ein kalender zwingt dich das unberechenbare mit einzukalkulieren. eine to-do-liste kann dich mit datenüberwältigen. ich wollte, dass mir ein ‘boss’ sagt, was ich tun soll. viel spaß mit unserem kostenlosen tool. und wir haben einen blog. und nowdothis@gmail.com. gemacht von Jakob Lodwick und William Cotton. Deutsche Übersetzung von Mareen Fischinger.’, ok: “ok danke”, or: “oder”English: list: [“take a nap”,”buy pen”,”organize room”], done: “done.”, alldone: “all done!”, editlist: “edit list”, save: “save”, cancel: “cancel”,about: “about”, aboutText: ‘how do you organize your day? a calendar requires you to predict the unpredictable. a todo list can overwhelm you with data. I wanted a ‘boss’ to tell me what to do. enjoy this free tool. and we have a blog. and nowdothis@gmail.com. built by Jakob Lodwick and William Cotton.’, ok: “ok thanks”, or: “or”

NowDoThis is international!

Currently, we are in English and German. The website will automatically appear in your language.

We are looking for translations into other languages: Dutch, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Can you please help us?

If so, please email NowDoThis@gmail.com.

For example:

German:
list: [“ein nickerchen machen”,”stift kaufen”,”zimmer aufräumen”],
done: “fertig.”,
alldone: “alles erledigt!”,
editlist: “liste editieren”,
save: “speichern”,
cancel: “abbrechen”,
about: “über uns”,
aboutText: ‘wie planst du deinen tag? ein kalender zwingt dich das unberechenbare mit einzukalkulieren. eine to-do-liste kann dich mit datenüberwältigen. ich wollte, dass mir ein ‘boss’ sagt, was ich tun soll. viel spaß mit unserem kostenlosen tool. und wir haben einen blog. und nowdothis@gmail.com. gemacht von Jakob Lodwick und William Cotton. Deutsche Übersetzung von Mareen Fischinger.’,
ok: “ok danke”,
or: “oder”

English:
list: [“take a nap”,”buy pen”,”organize room”],
done: “done.”,
alldone: “all done!”,
editlist: “edit list”,
save: “save”,
cancel: “cancel”,
about: “about”,
aboutText: ‘how do you organize your day? a calendar requires you to predict the unpredictable. a todo list can overwhelm you with data. I wanted a ‘boss’ to tell me what to do. enjoy this free tool. and we have a blog. and nowdothis@gmail.com. built by Jakob Lodwick and William Cotton.’,
ok: “ok thanks”,
or: “or”

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Jul 30 '08

synchronicity

Two similar sites launched around the same time as NowDoThis:

  • Next, “a very simple, intuitive and limited web app for handling short-term to-do list.” (backstory)
  • WhatShallIDoNow, which “shows you your to-do list one item at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed by the mountain of work ahead of you.” (backstory)

I believe neither of the other sites knew about NDT when they created theirs. The makers of Next said,

The strangest thing happened today, while we were finalizing “Next” and preparing to launch it, we found out that a new web app for tasks has been released just yesterday.

I have seen this happen in the past on the web, and heard stories of it happening with scientists and entrepreneurs throughout history. Sometimes the universe is ready for something new. As I said in my introductory post, the idea just popped into my head, fully-formed. If I can take credit for anything, it’s this: after it hit me, I didn’t work on anything else until it was finished.

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Jul 28 '08

little changes

  • your list will be saved between domains
    • previously, nowdothis.com and www.nowdothis.com would give you different lists
    • this was a bug with cookies
  • page title has been switched from “now do this:” to “NowDoThis”
    • the name of the site is officially NowDoThis (now “nowdothis” or “nowdothis.com” or “NowDoThis.com”)

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Jul 28 '08
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
— Mark Twain (via -kristen)

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Jul 28 '08
Unique visitors. Tracking code was lost for 1.6 days; an upward trend continues.

Unique visitors. Tracking code was lost for 1.6 days; an upward trend continues.

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