iDoneThis, iDoneThat

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I’ve been trying out iDoneThis for a week now and realize that I’m still in the honeymoon phase, but wow, it makes me giddy.

I use it exclusively for work, especially to help jog my memory when our biweekly updates are due, but for now I’m testing it out on a personal account. Entire teams at Automattic are using it to keep track of their milestones, especially our developers, and I can understand why it’s such an appealing and maybe even addictive tool.

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My favorite feature is its app integration. Since our entire company spends an ungodly amount of time on Slack — it pretty much remains open on my screen anytime I’m at my laptop, and I’m sad to admit that I periodically scroll through it even when I’m not officially working, like at the doctor’s office — it’s so easy to pop into any channel, type something like /done Posted a trac ticket about x theme’s documentation, and watch with deep satisfaction as the app robotically congratulates me on getting things done and adds the new iDoneThis event to my daily diary.

I’ve resisted using it for awhile even though many of my colleagues have raved about it, preferring instead to keep things simple by throwing completed tasks into a blank Note every day. Now that I have a massive collection of Notes, though, with no easy way to search them (especially since I have a lot of non-diary Notes thrown in there for good measure, too), it was time for me to try something actually useful for a change. So far, so very good.

Now if only they’d change the name. As a writer with a bit of an OCD tendency to mentally correct poor grammar on billboards and movie titles, hearing and reading iDoneThis evokes a reaction somewhat akin to the noise produced by fingernails on a chalkboard. I mean, okay, iDidThis.com has been registered since 2007 (based on a quick whois search), but surely there were other, less grating options?

On the other hand, it has a nice, edgy sound to it. Plus, sometimes when I look at my daily diary and see a long list of completed tasks, I do feel like pumping my fist and declaring, “Yeah, I done this!” The grammatically correct alternative just doesn’t sound quite as emphatic or powerful, you know?