Week 12 – Status, New Product, and Las Vegas

Howdy Folks!

Thanks for sticking in there with me for the past 12 weeks as I’ve been on my journey as a single founder entrepreneur. I appreciate the kind words, support, and encouragement from all of you and can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.

I’ve been pretty quiet the past few weeks and I wanted to give you all a quick look into what I’m working on and where Widefido is headed at the moment. TodoPaper beta is getting really close. The editor is working nicely. The new features are getting polished and I’m really excited for you all to take it for a spin. I have a few things to wrap up (license keys, preferences, etc.) before I can send it your way, but we are getting very close.

Last week I got “sucked in” to the rush of playing around with another product idea. I’m testing out the market right now and hopefully will have a landing page and some screenshots for you all to take a look at later this week. It’s pretty neat and I think it will fit well into the Widefido way (simple, minimal, easy-to-use software).

Next week I’m heading out to Las Vegas, Nevada to the MicroConf conference. It’s going to be a great few days learning and talking with the great minds of software entrepreneurs. My goal is to bring everything I learn there and apply it to the business. Hopefully we’ll see some great results come out of that.

Thanks again for sticking in there with me. Stay tuned!

Week 11 – Take Some Time to Reflect This Week

Howdy folks!

I want to pause today and give my warmest and most sincere thoughts to those in Boston. These types of events bind us all together and lead to a lot reflection. Adii from WooThemes had a good tweet about this:

Reminded of a couple of things today:
1. Life is short.
2. Regrets come way too easy.
3. Swing to the fences as often as possible.

My hope is that all of us take some time to reflect throughout this week and then send some good thoughts toward those affected in Boston.

Look out for a TodoPaper development status update tomorrow.

Week 10 – Happy Monday

Howdy folks!

Thanks for hanging in there as I navigate the waters of my journey as a single-founder entrepreneur. Today marks the start of week 10 and I have to say that I’m very excited with where TodoPaper is at. Later this week I’m hoping to post a couple of updates to you with a detail of what will be included in version 2. For now, though, here’s a quick rundown of the improvements:

  • A cleaner and more minimal look and feel.
  • Better compatibility with Mac and iOS devices.
  • A very nice session feature that allows you to start writing immediately in an autosaved file without having to choose a save location.
  • A robust search query system, for example:
    project contains "inbox" and not @done or @due < "2013-04-08"
  • Drag and Drop reordering and reparenting of projects, todos, and notes.
  • Project, todo, and note hierarchy improvements, including the ability to expand/collapse/hoist any hierarchy.
  • Integration with Dropbox without installing the Dropbox client on your PC.

I look forward to sharing more details about these as the week progresses. In the meantime, you should sign up to be notified for beta testing. Happy Monday!

Boost Your Creativity with Ambient Noise

I’ve been working from my home office for the past 9 weeks, and while I enjoy the perks (comfortable chair, unlimited coffee, few interruptions) I’ve noticed that the routine can become a bit monotonous and draining towards the end of the day, especially when I’m trying to do creative tasks like writing blog posts or designing user interface components.

I recently read about how a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that low to moderate levels of ambient noise (somewhere between 50 and 70 decibels, or about the level of a quiet conversation or radio playing in the background) can boost performance on creative tasks.

Over the past few days been exploring the use of ambient rain and coffeeshop noise to change the vibe of my office and help boost my creativity. I’ve only been trying this for a few days, but so far I feel more energized ¬†and creative when using this technique.

Here are a few sites that I’ve been using for some simple ambient noise that can play in the background:

If you give it a try, let me know how the ambient noise affected your workday and creativity.