Assess – Decide – Do In Under 2 Minutes

Well, since things are going on just well with my iPhone app, which, by the way, is called iAdd, and can be seen directly in iTunes here, I thought it would be about time to make a short video explaining what’s the thing with this Assess – Decide – Do framework.

Without further ado, go on and watch this (very) short video. I suggest you see it in full screen, since I fiddled a little with the app, and it would be a little difficult to see all the things in just one tiny window.

Now, you know. Hopefully. 🙂

As you can see, it’s not very difficult. And I never claimed ADD would be something difficult, on the contrary, it’s simplicity at its best.

I did this video after I started to receive the first round of feed-back form my very first customers. Without exception, all were attracted by the “clean” interface and the apparent lack of complexity in the app. While the lack of complexity is a deliberate act, the clean interface is just the result of enforcing the Assess – Decide – Do framework. The information is the same in every productivity methodology, it’s how you look at it that differs. And, for what matters, what really makes a difference.

One more thing. Before posting the video on my blog, I shared it on twitter and facebook. Apparently, people loved it. So, I think I’m not too far from the truth when I’m saying that I will do more of these in the very near future. I already got some ideas about some very, very short tutorials, under 1 minute, which will fit great in this video scaffold.

Until then, remember that iAdd is still in its very first stage, in what I call MPD, or Minimum Product Demo. In this state, the app is only enforcing the framework, making you the obey some simple rules, like

  • you cannot edit a piece of information if you’re not in Assess
  • you don’t have to “sign the contract”, to actually commit for a task, unless you really send it to Do. The task can stay in the Decide realm for as long as you want, and you can select different contexts or deadlines for it as you see fit
  • on the Do realm you’re only doing, there’s nothing more to distract your focus from that. You can only see the tasks from whatever perspective you want: time (today, soon or overdue) or space (meaning the contexts you assign in Decide).
  • you can only add information in the Assess realm, in Decide and Do, you are performing completely different. Some clients suggested that I should add the possibility to add tasks from Decide or Do. That is very unlikely to happen.

Well, that’s it. If you have the app, just let me know in the comments and also feel free to give suggestions, critiques or any type of feedback you want. If you didn’t buy the app yet, you can do it by clicking here, for just 2.99 USD.

Or, at least, you can start assessing the possibility. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Assess – Decide – Do In Under 2 Minutes”

  1. Hi Dragos,
    Congratulations on your new product. I can see this being a very powerful tool. I don’t own an iphone but have a similar, old-school system for getting things done. It seems there is a genius in the simplicity of the system you have developed.

  2. Cool vid Dragos. Congrats on the early success of your app. Alas, since I use the Android operating system, I must go without for now. Cheers, and best wishes on future success.

    • Thanks, appreciate the kind words. No plans for porting it to other ecosystems so far, I’ll think again in a few months.


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