TeuxDeux

Freelancing full-time, moving to a new city, and running a volunteer project means there's a lot of tasks to juggle. That's why I'm glad I found TeuxDeux, a lightweight, lovely task-management tool from Tina Roth Eisenberg (the fabulous designer and blogger swissmiss) and Fictive Kin.

The design of both the web app and the iPhone app are crisp, pretty, and perhaps most importantly, intuitive. There's a grace to great design that I seem to notice much more when I have to switch to something that's inelegant.

There's also a helpful and hiliarious FAQ, demonstrating their appreciation for copy-as-interface.

  • Is it true that TeuxDeux is the 16th greatest invention of all time?

    Yes.

  • What are the other 15 greatest inventions?

    We can’t go into detail, but we can say that #6 is Nutella.

  • How much does TeuxDeux cost?

    TeuxDeux is free. We sell an iPhone app for the basement bargain price of $2.99. We also talk a big game about releasing a premium version in the near future, but who really knows. All that matters is that this TeuxDeux, in all its minimalistic glory, is now and will always be free. (We do, however, accept cookie donations for our daily studio Cookie O'clock!)

 

Along with a Pomodoro timer, this is how I keep all the stuff I'm (quite happily) juggling balanced.

Watch their clever video demo:

TeuxDeux Demo from TeuxDeux on Vimeo.

 

Pomodoro | Getting Things Done

I've read a bit about "The Pomodoro Technique" for maximizing productivity and training your brain to focus. Basically, it's 25 minutes of dedicated concentration to a project, then a 5 minute break. However, the kitchen timer might not be the best way to help my coworkers keep their own concentration (what with the tick-tick-ticking).

Quite pleasing, then, to find a handy timer to add to the toolbar on my Mac.

Pomodoro stays silently on your status bar. You can only start/stop it or make interruptions and resume. You can use the keyboard to manage your pomodoro effectively, without touching the mouse. Add a meaningful description, press Ok and pomodoro starts.

via pomodoro.ugolandini.com

 

So fa, it's been quite effective for me, and even gives me a report on what I've been working on with stats for the workday. Their nudges to either try again or get back to work are customizable, so it stands out in my mind as a great example of lightweight-but-powerful user experience.