Long version: Todd and I used to send each other an email every day with a list of two or three tasks that we absolutely had to get done that day. Then, at the end of the day, we'd check in to see if the tasks actually got done.
The problem with that was that sometimes we'd forget what we said we'd do, so we'd have to dig through the sent box on our phones, and there was no real historical tracking.
I'm a stubborn person, so after looking around and being unable to find a task management system that had provisions for keeping your friends accountable, I created TaskSmash. The idea is that it's a lightweight and fun to use task program that allows you to add friends. They can see your calendar and your stats, and leave notes of encouragement on your calendar. TaskSmash also keeps track of your longest streak, all time stats, and various other statistics.
It's just a beta, and could use some more features, but when I use it I definitely get more done. So do the current beta users.
One note: you MUST add a friend immediately. Literally 100% of my beta users who did not add a friend stopped using it within 21 days.
For some reason, people think that this is the big project that I'm working on. It's not-it's just a fun little project that I'm releasing for free so that others can benefit from it.
Sign up for free at http://www.tasksmash.com. I will probably close registrations back down in the next week or so, so if you want an account, definitely make it now.
Thanks again for buying Life Nomadic since I've dropped the price to $2.99. The sale has been a big success, so I'm going to leave it at $2.99 for now. If you're an Amazon Prime user, you can now read it for FREE through the lending feature. You can see it here on Amazon.
PLEASE leave a review of Life Nomadic. Reviews help me get into the Amazon recommendation system, which helps me make money.
There's also an API for TaskSmash. If you want to make something for it. Just email.
For those who are already using other services having the ability to import (and download) a .csv file of your tasks would be REALLY useful!
I find the site easy to use and while there are a lot of rooms for improvement, this is a brilliant start and I find the emails to be annoying enough that I find myself adding more tasks and doing them!
My email address is email@example.com. Please feel free to add me and I will add you in return. I do find it (oddly) comforting that I am now going to be accountable for my tasks and doing what I say I will do.
Even Though it is supposed to be social productivity, but I've been finding it great just for myself. What I like most about the tool is to not "break" the streak/chain. This is what keeping me going. Good job Tynan.
Not to get too nit-picky, but I've been using TaskSmash since the first invites were sent out and haven't invited a friend, since I use it as my main To-Do list, so not 100% of people who failed to add a friend have quit using the service.
Seriously the fact that it is sending emails all the time is seriously annoying me. No way to delete an account either. This should be fixed.
Marcus, I added you.
Likewise, i've sent the link to my friends but none bit.
So please add me. I could use more accountability partners.
I think I encountered a bug. Someone created an account, then added me. I ended up seeing the approve button 2-3 times for them. I saw that they added a task in the messages but I don't see it on their page. I asked if they deleted it or make it private, and they said no. I don't remember what the feedback email address was. Tynan, email me if you want to know more details to debug it, or whatever. I know you're busy.
I like this. I had been looking for something similar online but they all annoyed me.
Can you add a way to change the background you see? I hate snow, haha.
Hey, just writing to tell you I think Tasksmash is a good idea and works pretty smoothly. My only feedback is that I haven't been able to convince any of my friends to join also, so it would be nice if you made an option to add random friends to keep each other accountable too.
Just in case someone wants a random Tasksmash friend you can add me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just started using the TaskSmash service, it's pretty great and help you do exactly what tons of ultra successful people recommend. Pick your 3-6 most important tasks for the day... and get them done.
My business partner and I have begun competing... and even added a little bet to the mix. Thanks.
Suggestion - allow me to move the order of my tasks.
Request - Can I get a High Quality icon for TaskSmash. I've turned it into an app using Fluid App for Mac, but the website Favicon is tiny and fuzzy when used as an icon.
Thanks for this service!
The other day, Karol Gajda sent me an email saying that I ought to sell Life Nomadic for $2.99, and that if I did, the volume would make up for the lower sale price. Worth a try, right?
So, for a while at least, the Kindle version of Life Nomadic is $2.99 on Amazon. If you take at least one trip a year, the money-saving tips alone will pay for the book many times over. Of course, there's a lot more to the book than that, evidenced by the emails I get all the time from people saying the book changed their lives.
Speaking of which, if you have read Life Nomadic, PLEASE leave a review on Amazon. This helps Amazon circulate it in its recommendations engine, which helps me get sales.
It's no secret that Google calendars and iCal don't play super nicely together. And it's even worse on the iPhone. It got so bad that I was using the Google calendar web app instead of the native calendar app because subscribed Google calendars (called "delegate" calendars) weren't even showing up.
But here's a trick -- a way to sync your subscribed calendars from Google's calendaring system onto your iPhone. This is part of my "lifehacking" series :)
You have to create a separate CALDAV account on the iPhone for each one, which is a pain, but doable.
(click links below for screenshots)
Step 1: On your iPhone, go into Settings >> Mail, Contacts, Calendars >> Add Account