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Gonçalo Silva
If it moves... hack it.
If it moves... hack it.

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[New on the Blog!] Systemist: A modern productivity workflow - How the founder and CEO of +Todoist uses Todoist to get things done. 

#todoist #productivity #gtd 

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Slaying group projects with the new collaborator feature on the fully redesigned Todoist.

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+Todoist 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Plans shared by CEO & Founder of +Todoist +Amir Salihefendic

How it all stared in 2007 + Some of our most important accomplishments for 2014 + What we have planned for 2015 + Your very own, personalized +Todoist Year in Review.

#productivity   #todoist   #yearinreview  #infographic

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Switching to Inbox

When I got my Inbox invite two weeks ago I found it overwhelming. Good looks, but too much noise. I struggled with it for a few days, going back and forth between Inbox and Gmail. I could see the potential, but something was missing.

I'm now only using Inbox and loving it. These were the steps that finally sold it to me.

1. Archive ALL the things!

The first step is archiving everything. Just head to Gmail, select "All mail", mark all conversations and press archive. If you have a ton of email, you'll probably be locked out for a few minutes (don't worry).

If you have important emails you want to keep around, star them. Inbox loses all state when you archive everything, but you can easily retrieve starred emails through Gmail: just move them again to the Inbox.

2. Create labels

Your Inbox should now look clean. The next logically step is to create some labels for the emails you get regularly that don't fit in Inbox's regular labels.

One example are bug reports from the apps I work on. I've created a label for these, and added appropriate filters such as the sender email and the subject. Currently I have 4 custom labels.

3. Less important email arrives once a day

Inbox allows you to receive emails from certain labels only once a day (or once a week, though I never use this). This helps clearing the noise throughout the day. In my case, I'm not too interested in Social, Forums and Promos. These only arrive daily at 7AM.

4. Use Inbox's features

This one is straightforward: use Inbox's features. There are many sides to this. For one, snooze stuff. It's one of the core features and once you start using it, you won't look back. Another is about teaching it. For the first few days I used "Move to label" and "Remove from label" options whenever I noticed an email in a wrong label. After a few days, the mistakes are much less frequent.

5. Inbox is not Gmail

Inbox is not Gmail, and it doesn't attempt to be. It's a different approach to the same problem: taming email. By marking things as done, snoozing them for better times and labelling them, it makes it easier to reach the end of the week with a sane Inbox. You'll have to adjust your habits to fit the new system. We hate change, but I can guarantee you'll love the results if you give it a proper shot. Enjoy!

I have one Inbox invite. Just leave a comment if you need one. I'll pick one randomly by the end of the day.

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A new cut of Roboto

One of the key principles in #materialdesign is One adaptive design, or that a single underlying design system organizes interaction and space across devices. And since type plays such a crucial role in cross-platform design, we’ve extensively refined Roboto, a UI-focused typeface we introduced with Android 4.0, to make sure it looks great across a wider set of platforms.

The new version of Roboto is slightly wider and rounder, giving it greater clarity and making it more optimistic. We calmed down some of the more unruly characters like ‘K’ and ‘R’ and rounded out the squarish sides on the caps, along with the dots in the punctuation and the diacritical marks. We reworked all the italics with better optical correction to the diagonal strokes so the stem widths are the same. We also completely redrew the numbers.

We ended up polishing and tuning nearly every single glyph in Roboto and Roboto Condensed, along with spacing and metrics. The result is a more versatile typeface that looks great on any screen, from the smallest wearables to the largest TVs.

Download the new Roboto:

For more on the new typeface, watch +Christian Robertson, Roboto's lead designer, introduce it at #io14Google I/O 2014 - Material design: Visual style and imagery


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Woohoo! I'm in! #io2014

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This is likely the only "smartwatch" I've seen so far that doesn't look like complete crap. Stylish!

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It's time a watch told you more than just the time. #Moto360  
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For those interested in Arduino, here's a very complete and affordable kit:

Lessons are included, so I'm guessing there's no need for prior experience :-)

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What a spectacular show.

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Simple. Beautiful. Powerful.

Todoist 2.0 is the best Android to-do app we've created and it's available on the PlayStore today:

We're sure you'll love it and we hope it will help you accomplish your dreams.
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