Calendar Integration

Since Elisi’s launch, calendar integration has been the most in-demand feature.  The app’s initial conception featured the compilation of a weekly to-do list, with no planned design for calendar events. However, after utilizing Elisi as a daily tool in the long term, we all realized the convenience that calendar events could offer. For this reason, we began work on calendar integration with Elisi. 

Surely, we have confronted some obstacles along the way. We needed to figure out how to parse iCal files, how to sync calendars across devices, and how to display the events in daily boxes, without overloading the interface or losing information. The hardest part, however, has been to avoid overfilling the interface with calendar events in the cases when an already full calendar is integrated. For now, we have made it easy to hide calendars, but we are open to other solutions that are more intuitive. 

To add calendars, please make sure you update Elisi to the latest version, click on “calendars” from the planner, and then simply follow the instructions.  We hope that you like this feature, and please don’t hesitate to give us your feedback.

Introducing Monthly View

Since the launch of Elisi, one feature that has been requested most often by our users is a monthly calendar view.

Initially we didn’t include a monthly view because we felt the weekly granularity provided a good balance between an overview and an actionable to-do list. However, customer feedback clearly indicated that a monthly calendar is needed by many of our users, and is better for planning the far future than a weekly view.

Designing the monthly view presented its share of difficulties, from both UI and technical viewpoints. There was the challenge of keeping the UI clean while still being functional; with a monthly view it is surprisingly easy to put too many things on the screen and lose focus. The technical challenge is how to optimize performance when suddenly Elisi had to show much more information than in a weekly view.

After several iterations and many weeks of internal testing, we are releasing the monthly view for everyone, starting today.

We hope you like Elisi’s interpretation of a monthly view. Please give it a try and tell us what you think.

Introducing Goals

Elisi has been a great tool for all of us at the Elisi team. We use Elisi to manage our daily lives, and to work on to-do lists and our hobby projects. On a big screen, Elisi really helps by putting everything in front of our eyes, so we can make organize things better, and track progress with confidence. 

Then the question arose: how would it be if Elisi could show all the items related to a single goal, and hide everything else? 

Say you are working on a bike project. Your goal is to build a bike from scratch. What if Elisi could act like a project board? Notes would show only notes about your bike design, lists would show only the lists related to your bike build, and planner would show only your bike-related to-dos on your weekly view.

And wouldn’t it also be nice if you could have multiple goals, such as work, life, bike, and kids, and Elisi were able to switch quickly between them? 

Well, that’s exactly what we’ve been developing. Today we are introducing Goals. With goals, Elisi becomes the project board that lets you focus on one objective, with the help of all existing Elisi modules. 

To start using Elisi goals, click or tap on the week number display, then select “Enter goal mode”. The rest of the process should be pretty straightforward: anything created in goal mode will belong to the goal. You reassign goals from each item’s details page. 

Please give the goal mode a try and let us know what you think.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Hello Elisi users!

We recently introduced keyboard shortcuts to Elisi. With keyboard shortcuts you can easily add planner items, check off habits, add the number of glasses of water you have had, or even add notes. Keyboard shortcuts works on most platforms with a keyboard attached.

One objective we had when designing it was to have predictable shortcuts; we wanted the key combinations for common tasks to stay the same. This way, you can memorize the shortcuts without always relying on on-screen tips.

The other objectives were to have a system that’s as self-explanatory as possible, and to have a shortcut system that covers most common actions. In order to fulfill these objectives, we went through several internal iterations of shortcut design, and settled on the one that made the most sense.

To start using keyboard shortcuts, simply press the command/control key. The UI will indicate how to proceed.

We hope keyboard shortcuts will help you become more efficient with Elisi, and we hope Elisi will help you better live your life.

Hey, you are invited!

Hi, Elisi lovers!

I guess most of you have noticed there has been a suspension of our blog posts. Here’s why.

We are going to promote interaction between all Elisi lovers. We would like to invite you to share your thoughts, not just passively listen to our views.

Yes! We will open our blog module to contributions from all users. We want to hear your voices!

Tell us about your thoughts, experiences, and the tactics you use to improve personal productivity; how to manage your time or how to balance your life.

Give us your ideas, opinions, and perceptions on topics such as self-improvement, daily life, fitness, diet, reading and writing, travel, or anything else that helps you become a better you.

Write 3 paragraphs or up to 1,500 words, plus your name and location, and send it to [email protected]. Each week, 2–5 contributions will be selected and posted on all Elisi platforms, and the writers will be invited to our future exclusive insider group.

Come and share with us. Your voice matters more than you think.

 

New feature: Revamped Habit Tracker

We’ve finally published a major update to Elisi’s habit module. The updated module now supports habit streaks and a monthly overview. Streaks are widely supported in other habit-tracking apps. Seeing how many times in a row you have been punching a habit greatly increases your chances of maintaining that habit.

We spent a lot of time designing the streak feature: how it should behave, and the best way to integrate it with the current minimal UI. Simply piling up new controls into the UI wasn’t the way to go. We knew that the new UI had to be kept clean in order to be useful. Chaos results in abandonment.

Through a difficult process of design and redesign, we finally settled on the current iteration. The current streak numbers are integrated into the checkboxes, and other streak information is displayed in a new habit details view. We also added a monthly view for habits, so you can check your recent performance.

We hope you like the updates to the habit module.