- Available globally
What are these "Anti-ToDo Lists" and "Done Lists"?
These are the opposite of todo-lists, where instead of writing down what you need to do, you jot down what you've accomplished as you do them. Read what other people think of them:
- Marc Andreessen uses Anti-ToDo Lists
- Joel Gascoigne of Buffer uses Anti-ToDo Lists
- even LifeHacker has covered it
Done Lists help you by:
- making you feel more productive (you see a list of what you've done)
- actually making you more productive (you want to keep adding to the list)
- preventing burnout (you're able to see your progress on tasks everyday).
There are a lot more other unmentioned benefits, like say, helping you sleep better (well...at least for the guy who made Jots).
So then, what's this got to do with Jots?
Jots is your online Done List. As you finish tasks throughout the day, you enter them into your Jots.
But what's better than having a single Done List? A Done List for each one of your tasks! These we'll call Cards. Instead of carrying around a notebook, or several scraps of paper stuffed in your pocket for each task, just throw all this into Jots! You insert your Entries into Cards from any web browser, including your smartphone. No need for a pen and scraps of paper!
If you want to see all your Entries between all Cards, there's a combined feed we'll call the Timeline (not inspired by Facebook, or maybe?...). With the Timeline you can see all you've done for the day.
Oh, one more thing, all your Entries are timestamped, so when you look at your Cards and Timeline, everything is grouped by the date. This way, if you don't remember what you did last Tuesday, you can look through your Timeline or look in a specific Card.
Jots is still in the really early stages, so be assured that you're among the very first people to use it.
Right now, all of your Cards are private, but be on the lookout for the ability to share your Cards with other people. With this feature, you'll be able to share your progress on things. Perhaps in the future, you'll even be able to collaborate with team members and add Entries to the same Card.
As an early beta tester from ErliBird, you get to have 10 Cards free for life! Regular accounts will only get 2 free cards :(
When you sign up, make sure to use the special ErliBird link to get the extra cards.
So who's behind the curtain at Jots?
The guy hiding behind the curtain is JB Uy. You can find him here.
Why did this guy make Jots?
He actually started building Jots before coming across the idea of Anti-ToDo Lists and Done Lists. He's a web developer, so he thought of making Jots entries as the 'git commits' for his life (he even copies his git commits into some of his Cards when he works!).
He made Jots because at 5pm, he couldn't remember what he'd been doing all day. Now he remembers it all! (...after he looks it up in Jots of course)
He made Jots because he used to stay up all night worrying about his unproductiveness. Now he falls asleep right away. ("Look at all my Jots entries!...zzzzzz")
These days, he doesn't only use Jots for work stuff, but also to log his workouts.