Question

What are the best tools to plan your projects ahead of time?

You've got a new idea, something you want to build or a task you've been putting off that you've finally decided to see through to completion.

Where do you start your planning?

Do you pull out paper and pencil, or a tablet drawing app, to sketch out ideas? Or do you write down notes and pull them together in order, make a mind-map or outline or wiki to track all the ideas and pull them together? Or do you go ahead and plan the project on a kanban board or calendar?

What are your favorite tools to plan projects and then make them happen?

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#Project Management #Scheduling #Notion #Pagico #Alfred
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jankuzel's avatar
2 years ago

Notion. The specific form (to-do list, database, timeline, kanban board) depends on the type of project it would be. I don't think there is a single best way to approach every project - hence it makes sense to use a flexible platform like Notion and tune up or down the complexity based on the project.

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@maguay (replying to @jankuzel )
2 years ago

Nice, I like that idea. Notion's default notes are essentially an outline, where you could rearrange lines and change up the order as needed, and then you can move things from there into a kanban board or timeline as needed.

We're using Notion similarly for our ongoing projects, and while plans have often started out on whiteboards or paper instead, I could definitely see starting more directly from Notion.

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CustomComputerT's avatar
2 years ago

I usually start with quick notes in TaskPaper or Quiver, depending on the amount of details I already have. Then move to Scapple to flesh it out more. To get work done, I move it to Pagico to organize the building/bug tracking/work in progress. I keep everything linked together with Hooks.app. Of course, I have plenty of Alfred workflows to help out with everything.

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@maguay (replying to @CustomComputerT )
2 years ago

Ah nice; @ivmirx got me wanting to use Scapple after sharing how he uses it to store ideas and organize thinking over time. Neat to hear you’re using Pagico for tracking work; been a while since I’ve used it but been neat to see how they’ve continued to iterate on the platform, especially when almost everything they’re competing with is a browser-based web app.

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@CustomComputerT (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

I still prefer local machine software. Especially while traveling! But, Pagico could be a web app as well since it is an Electron based program.

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@maguay (replying to @CustomComputerT )
2 years ago

Yeah, I’ve always found it fascinating their app is built with web tech but not actually a web app (of course, the same goes says for VS Code and a number of other Electron apps these days).

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@CustomComputerT (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Well, it does work really well. All my personal apps are web based, but using NW.js instead. Much easier to work with and smaller footprint than Electron (a little bit). ScriptPad, my app for running many of my scripts and templates, runs just as fast as a normal app, but is built with Svelte.

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