May 14, 2022
Last month, I built myself a new to-do list app that I called “tmrw”.
The novel idea was that each task could have a duration and time attached to it, and then you could see your tasks for the next few days laid out on a calendar.
The UI was definitely cryptic — I built it for myself, so things were hidden behind unlabelled buttons and some buttons didn’t look like they’d be clickable.
My hypothesis for the app was that putting things onto a calendar would help me feel less overwhelmed, because I’d see that I had enough time to do everything I had to do.
I used it for a couple weeks before realizing that my hypothesis was wrong: it didn’t really help me to put things on a calendar. I wasn’t feeling less overwhelmed.
I found myself not putting most things onto the calendar, since I wasn’t sure when I’d work on them. When I did add them to the calendar at a specific time, I found myself blowing past the start time and then feeling discouraged that I was behind.
Part of it was definitely that my app wasn’t as slick as it could be — I didn’t build drag-and-drop moving of events since that seemed hard, so moving things around in time was cumbersome.
In the end, I had a fun couple weeks building the app! I’ll probably take it down soon so I don’t have to keep paying the server bill, but I had a good time along the way.
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