Build an effective routine that helps you get more done every day, with Daily Planner!
A 13-week pen & paper planner for getting things done.
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Would you recommend this product?
1 Review5.0/5
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We launched version one on January 25. Since then, it's been a long roller coaster ride of learning iterating on the core-product. With 2.0, we made some pretty significant changes to the planner, based on what we observed, about how you used it. What we improved 1. We simplified The daily pages significantly. We kept the best parts of what you loved, & trimmed the Daily Planning section down to a 5-minute routine that works exactly the same! 2. We also noticed that the evenings in the schedule were not getting much use, so we cut the schedule down to 6am-9pm, 3. More pace for notes. The notes space is one of the most active areas of the planner, so we added more space for you. 4. We simplified the Weekly Reflection, to take less than 8 minutes to complete and still achieve the same outcome, of helping you spot patterns. What we removed 1. Goals are gone. - Well sort-of. We realized that the goal templates were handy for a sub-set of our audience, but for the majority, it got in the way, so we took it out of the core-planner. - Goals will come back in its dedicated planner, focused on helping you accomplish big goals. Its goal planner: https://www.producthunt.com/upco... 2. The Weekly Schedule is gone. - We initially added the weekly schedule so that you can get an overview of your week. But we realized that the people who used those pages didn't need to reprioritize daily, like the people who preferred the daily pages. - Again, the latter was the majority, so we removed the weekly schedule. They will return in a dedicated planner for this audience, called weekly planner: https://www.producthunt.com/upco... What we added - 12x Free Pages. We noticed the many different ways people structured their months, and the various custom things people were logging in their journal, so we included 12 Free Pages, for you to make the planner your own. Many thanks to the Product Hunt community for all the feedback that helped us iterate fast enough to get here. We're just getting started. PS: We start sending beta invites on December 1 for the app. Signup here: https://www.producthunt.com/upco...
I think this is a pretty good tool at instilling some of the Agile principles / mindsets for professionals who don't work directly with software. I can see people who work at a nonprofit (like me) really benefitting from a tool like this to help scaffold them into an Agile mindset. Like a journaling widget, the big challenge is to create the habit of journaling for the consumer/user, so that they are taking full advantage of the product. Have you considered sending push notifications to remind users to journal, or does that feel too intrusive / not feasible without a dedicated app? I'm very curious - how have you been incentivizing your users to give you feedback on the product so far? Seems like you've received a fair amount since you launched to justify some of the decisions that you have made.
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@max_wright Hey Max, Thanks for your kind words :). 1. Re: “Like a journaling widget, the big challenge is to create the habit of journaling for the consumer/user, so that they are taking full advantage of the product.” ----- In the app, we’ll take advantage of notifications but on Pen & Paper, the highest lever we could pull, is simplicity. So our focus so far has been on reducing the barrier to entry. To make it easy to habituate, we tried the initial investment really low. Daily Planning takes only a couple of minutes & the reward is relatively high. Once you habituate this, weekly planning is another high impact habit (with a low investment) that you can start trying to adopt. Then reflections, and so on. Just don’t try to do everything at once if you are just starting out, and you’ll do just fine. 2. Re : “I’m very curious - how have you been incentivizing your users to give you feedback on the product so far? Seems like you’ve received a fair amount since you launched to justify some of the decisions that you have made.” ----- We can’t afford to incentivise our users right now, even though we would love to & I know we should. Our focus has been on providing the best solution we can & working with the users we acquire, to make it better for them. We just ask nicely & lean in when people respond. People ignoring our emails, is feedback for us as-well. The people who buy are usually more responsive, so we focus there. But we also want to learn from people who don’t. What’s challenging is the long feedback cycles. Due to the nature of the product, it usually takes a few weeks to get any actionable feedback. Our main focus for most of this year, was to go through enough feedback & iteration cycles, to reach what we call “P0” - a set of validated solutions to a clearly identified cluster of problems. That’s what’s becoming our initial product line. Next year, we’ll focus on scaling.
Awesome launch — congrats @felixoginni! Curious, though, why you decided to only hold 13 weeks?
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@narekk Thanks man :) We wanted to make it for the full year (actually my first design for the first version was for a full year). It was 880 pages which is a bit too bulky. Half that and we have 440 pages for 6 months. Still bulky. That's why we settled for 3 Months (~220 pages) for Daily Planner. Weekly Planner, which has 7 Days across 2 pages (vs 2 pages/day in Daily Planner) will have enough pages for the full year. You can join the waiting list for that here: https://www.producthunt.com/upco...
Good to know you have worldwide shipping. I’m curious about the fact that being a physical product you seem to have a lot of users feedback