Lifeticking / Feature requests

Looking forward, looking back…

June 30th, 2009 by Shane Maloney 3 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Thanks for your continued support. We appreciate your comments, compliments and feature requests (which do uncover some gems for us). Today’s post is to announce a selection of new features we hope will add more to your Lifetick experience.

Life screen changes

Looking forward… we’ve added visibility of due dates to goals and tasks in the journal to assist with some forward planning. Furthermore, we’ve livened up the Life screen with filtering of goals by priority and due date (adding to the existing core value breakdown). We’ve also added some more icons to the journal categories for some visual stimulus.

Looking back… we’ve now allowed for normal text journal entries to be backdated. Whilst our philosophical perspective was that a journal entry should be recorded at the time it is written, we have caved in to popular demand, so please make use of this! Another request which has been raised on occasion is the ability to delete completed goals. This is also part of this release.

As a footnote, we just wanted to apologise for any inconvenience caused earlier this month when our hosting provider caused a doubling up of email reminders. The problem was quickly identified (by our team) and resolved (by their team) and we thank them for their prompt service. With a bit of luck it may have even improved your productivity? Who knows… but we are sorry just the same.

Thanks for your ongoing support and remember during the goal setting and achieving process that life is about the journey, not just the destination.


Recurring tasks are here!

May 9th, 2009 by Shane Maloney 7 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

It’s been a little while since we last updated you on activities here at Meridian 86, so we are happy to finally announce the arrival of some functionality we know will appreciated – recurring tasks.

Apart from a short hiatus in February, we’ve been doing some major planning toward the next evolution of the Lifetick product and as part of that, we are happy to release recurring tasks. You might be interested in knowing that it actually did form a part of the original product, but was scrapped at the 11th hour because we couldn’t quite nail the design. After all, our guiding force has always been simple, yet rich and intuitive functionality and at the time we felt our design would compromise that philosophy. Nevertheless, since then we’ve had a lot of requests for recurring tasks and as a result, decided to keep tinkering with the concept until we came up with something that would fit within the Lifetick approach. Therefore, we hope you will be happy with what we’ve been able to deliver.

Configure Recurring TaskAs for creating a recurring task, the process is straightforward. Create a task as per normal, but in the date field you’ll now see a “Recurring” button. Click on this and you’ll be able to configure the recurrence itself: what days and for how long. Once this is complete you can move onto the reminder options before saving.

In terms of completing tasks, the same checkbox appears, but with a recurring symbol inside which, when clicked, brings up three completion options: 1) complete an instance (or multiple instances), 2) complete all instances or 3) skip an instance (this will delete the instance and move the due date to your next instance).

Hope you enjoy and as always we look forward to your feedback.


Practicality 1: Philosophy 0

November 2nd, 2008 by Shane Maloney 3 Comments

When first designing Lifetick, we had a strong desire to help users maintain the integrity of their Journals by not allowing them to edit or delete their entries. We felt that this restriction would force people to think hard about what they were committing to their diaries before embarking on each entry and subsequently would allow them to reap the benefits of a well constructed journal of their lives. On a more subtle level, it was perhaps our reaction against the woes of a modern “throwaway” society. Words and thoughts can easily be discarded in a flippant manner because all things these days are expendable, replaceable and sometimes refundable. Our method of resistance to the tidal wave of turnover was a small commitment to clicking the submit button forever!

Whilst we may have served you and us better by communicating our philosophy to you up front, we still couldn’t turn around the all encompassing practicality argument that was presented to us. After all, it is now inherent that all software systems have edit and delete. Furthermore, we can understand the discomfort people might have in not being able to ever delete some things they committed to their journal. So, in accordance with the feedback you’ve provided us in recent times, we now have edit and delete functionality in the journal. We hope you enjoy a richer experience with Lifetick with this simple addition and may you also experience new freedom in writing and un-writing as much as you like.