Method

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#5 Product of the DayOctober 04, 2018

Method brings your to do list and calendar together into one simple planner, giving you context on how much time you have letting you to plan your workload more effectively.

Reviews

  • Francesco D'Alessio
    Francesco D'AlessioProductivity App Reviewer
    Pros: 

    Simple and minimal design

    Cons: 

    A bit pricey right now

    I like the approach Method takes by cleaning out all the noise and letting you focus on plotting out tasks for the week ahead using calendar blocking. The GCal integration works well too!

    Francesco D'Alessio has used this product for one week.
  • Rob Gill
    Rob GillDirector & Co-Founder at Provius
    Pros: 

    Block my cal and forces me to complete tasks

    Cons: 

    Early days, lots to come but still feels minimal

    I've wanted something to that ties my todos but helps me plan my day around my meetings for a while now. Right now Method is working pretty well for me.

    The guys are super responsive and have already helped implement some suggestions I've made. Really looking forwards to seeing this product grow in the near future!

    Rob Gill has used this product for one month.

Discussion

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David O'Callaghan
David O'CallaghanMaker@ocallaghandavid · Product Designer, Buffer
👋 Hey Product Hunt, I’m Dave the co-creator of Method (along side @moreofmorris). A little while ago I got feedback from my manager that I was over promising and underdelivering to my team. I’d felt this too, I was feeling overwhelmed with my workload and could feel myself constantly jumping from project to project without actually finishing anything. I’d tried to get more organised by using to-do lists and similar tasks management apps but nothing seemed to be working. This is when I realised that in order to organise my workload effectively I’d need to see my calendar at the same time so I can see how much time I’ve actually got available. I checked out a few products that offered a similar solution but they felt too complex for what I needed to so I decided to create Method. Since day one, we’ve been focused on keeping Method simple and focused on helping people get on top of their workload. If your feeling like you need a better way to organise your day and get on top of your workload, then give it go. We’d love to hear what you think and where we can improve. Method is $12/month with a 30-day free trial to give you plenty of time to figure out if it works for you. We’d love to get your thoughts and answer any questions you may have around Method or the product development process 🙂
yirif
yirif@yirify · A little about me
@moreofmorris @ocallaghandavid What's the differentiating factor between this and the similar products out there? For example, looks really similar to https://getplan.co
Nick Simard
Nick Simard@nicksimard · Customer Champion, Zapier
Looking at the screenshots, this appears to be exactly what I’ve been looking for. A list of tasks that I can drag to my day and then timeblock. But $12/month seems kinda steep, considering all the free (or less expensive) tools out there. I was hoping to read more about Method on the website but it’s pretty sparse at the moment, unfortunately. I’ll give the trial a whirl to see if that convinces me 😃
David O'Callaghan
David O'CallaghanMaker@ocallaghandavid · Product Designer, Buffer
@nicksimard Hey Nick 👋thanks for the feedback on the price and landing page - we'll get some more info up soon :) In the meantime we'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have :)
Nick Simard
Nick Simard@nicksimard · Customer Champion, Zapier
@ocallaghandavid Thanks! I'm sure these are things that you know and probably have planned but here are some things that would be useful. 1. Duplicate a task. 2. More easily have tasks span blocks of time (like making it stick to divider lines). I could also envision double-clicking the block to make it span another 30 minutes, or better yet make it configurable. 3. Change the color of those blocks, to better differentiate tasks. Adding little icons might also help things to stand out. 4. Add a way to either see the calendar details or link to the full entry in Google Calendar. Overall, I do enjoy the workflow of having a list of tasks, dragging them over to my "active" list and then figuring out when I want to do them and for how long. Hard to believe nobody else has done this (at least not in a way that's straightforward, that I've found).
Ashley Read
Ashley Read@ashread_ · Editor at Buffer :)
I've been lucky enough to use Method during the beta phase and have found it incredibly useful for planning out my tasks and organizing my time each day.  I've found it simple to use and the Google Calendar integration is 🔥- really helps me to plan my "focus" time around various meetings I might have in my calendar. Congrats on the launch @ocallaghandavid @moreofmorris
Ryan Roberts
Ryan Roberts@ryan_roberts1 · Web Developer
I'm liking it right away, the simplicity is lovely. But there's a couple things that don't sit right with me at the moment… - $12 a month is too pricey, I'm not telling you what to charge but for me I wouldn't be willing to subscribe. - Limit the calendar to working hours would be useful, I don't need to see hours outside 9am-5pm :P
Suprasanna Mishra
Suprasanna Mishra@suprasannam · Product Manager, Buffer
I've been using Method in beta for a few weeks and I've found it a great compliment to my existing todo list and daily workflow! For me, I've tried basically every todo app out there; I used OmniFocus for a few years before switching to using Things for the past 6 months or so. The challenge I kept facing with Things was picking what I "had to" get done each morning only to have other tasks pile on through the day and inevitably ending the day with some unfinished tasks. That didn't feel good and it often meant I had to message people and say "actually, I'll have that for you tomorrow not today!". I've had that happen much less often with Method. My current set up is looking through my various sections in my todo app for what I want to do today then putting those things into Method. This is the 'reality check'. I almost always find I have too long a list and have to face the reality that I won't get to everything I think I "have" to do. This forcing function has been the most beneficial part for me - time is going to make those tradeoffs for me anyway so Method just lets me get ahead of that and make those decisions at the start of the day. Overall, I'd tell the creators that the simplicity is awesome and lets me have it open in a tab all day and easily know if I'm ahead, on track or behind for the day and if I need to shuffle things around at all. I wish there was an easier way to pull in todos from something like Things but integrations like that can get messy fast and copy/paste takes just a few minutes in the morning. Overall, the product is solid, useful and, most impressive of all, found a way to stick into my existing workflow so I don't have to overhaul everything to start getting value out of it. Great stuff @ocallaghandavid and @moreofmorris! 🚀