New Year’s Resolution!

Have you resolved to be more productive this new year? Maybe you want to be more industrious? Get things done?

Maybe that isn’t specific enough.

  1. Your new year’s resolution may be to change your diet. Cut out sweets. To exercise regularly. Fast weekly. Daily green smoothies. Play sports.
  2. Read more nonfiction, textbooks, Scientific American, MIT Technology Review, etc. Watch educational videos, TED talks, Singularity University YouTube channel, etc. Use Khan Academy every day.
  3. This year you want to find out how to earn more at work. You want to use your skills on the side to make money. Babysit. Mow lawns. Shovel snow. Trade stocks or real estate. Trade merchandise in auctions. Sell products at flea markets.
  4. You may resolve to play the guitar every day. To write fiction. To write music. To draw. To sculpt. Attend your place of worship if any. Spend quality time with family and friends.
  5. You want to get more housework done this year. Return your phone calls. Answer your emails. Clear your inboxes.
  6. You have a list of projects that you want to knock out this year. You want to fix things aroung the house. You want to write a novel. Develop an application. Sculpt a work of art out of garbage. Build furniture for the kids.

Maybe I guessed your resolution for this new year. Maybe you haven’t come up with one yet. If nothing else I believe a list like this could at least stir up the imagination for the undecided.

VIMAT – Intro

I have been reading self-help books ever since I graduated from high school in 1995. I have always struggled with procrastination and time-management. I took time-management classes in college. I’ve read books by Alan Lakein, Stephen Covey, David Allen, Neil Fiore and many, many more. Despite all of the insight gained from reading these books, I’ve still spent more time over the years playing video games than I’ve spent working on a to-do list. When I do finally devote time to time-management, it’s usually to try a new productivity app and play with all of the features to see what I like and what I don’t like. An hour will have gone by and I still won’t have the day planned.To combat this, for the last five years or so, I have been dreaming of an application that would help me solve all of my problems. Obviously, anyone who has looked has found, there is no shortage of applications that implement the Getting Things Done (David Allen, 2002) methodology. I want something more than that. I want to pick and choose methodologies and singular ideas from any of the books on my bookshelf, any article I read, any interview I watch, and so on. I want every tool, every feature of those tools, and every property or attribute of the data manipulated by these tools to have an on/off switch. I want users to try my app and make suggestions for improvement that can be implemented in the same manner, enabled or disabled. I want everyone to be able to create their own productivity app by simply manipulating a large settings menu. This way people can stop searching for the perfect app and design it themselves. VIMAT Is More than A To-do list