Thought Train

Stop using sticky notes to remember what you're doing 📒 🚫

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#1 Product of the DayMay 19, 2018

Ever catch yourself wondering "what was I busy with just now?" while aimlessly wondering around Product Hunt or checking email?

I sure do, and so I created Thought Train:

✅ It's a menu bar app

✅ It keeps a list of your thoughts / tasks

✅ Highlight more than one thought, and they'll scroll like a carousel

✅ Clear them when you're done

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Reviews

  • Hrefna Helga (Habbi)
    Hrefna Helga (Habbi)Product manager, Promogogo
    Pros: 

    subtle yet effective, my favourite kind of product

    Cons: 

    really don't like the carousel* if there's more than one item

    I've been using this for a few days now, and I have to say it's fantastic.

    If anyone is like me and has a lot of balls flying in the air most days, it's super useful to when the 'wait, what was I working on again' thought pops up in my brain (like all the time) to do a quick glance at the top menu bar and go 'ah, there it was' – and then it's exxxtra satisfying to check it off.

    A+ from me

    *saying that, the annoyance of the carousel means I really force myself to pick one task to complete, so that's kinda nice => would be nice if the second items would just live in the little drop down though so once one task is finished, I could just swiftly move on to the next without re-gathering my planning thoughts.

    Hrefna Helga (Habbi) has used this product for one week.
  • Vincent Denise
    Vincent Denise📖 @threader_app
    Pros: 

    Simple and works well.

    Cons: 

    None so far.

    I bought this app (It's pay what you want model) because I was looking for an alternative to Stickies. Good work!

    Vincent Denise has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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John O'Nolan
John O'Nolan@johnonolan · Founder, Ghost
This is such a cool idea. Would love to hear the back story about how you came up with it :)
Marc Perel
Marc PerelMaker@marcperel · Coded LayersWP. Co-founded Obox.
@johnonolan Hey John, I literally got so tired of forgetting what I was doing 'between' things. Between email, Slack and Skype, and all the other distractions; I kept having a moment of "hmmm what was I doing again?", and so after a quick failed Google I decided to build something that was always visible, but unobtrusive... That's how Thought Train came about, to keep my 'train of thought'. (I'm a massive fan of Ghost btw)
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Super unique, @marcperel. I've definitely made the mistake of CMD+TAB'ing between too many things at once. Separately, this Mac menubar app is similarly minimalistic.
Marc Perel
Marc PerelMaker@marcperel · Coded LayersWP. Co-founded Obox.
@rrhoover When I saw Mac menubar, I thought "damn I should really put Thought Train up now!" I like their minimalism, I'm looking already at un-designing Thought Train to take up less room.
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Research Intern & Tech Evangelist
Great job!! 😊 Any Windows 10 version ?
Marc Perel
Marc PerelMaker@marcperel · Coded LayersWP. Co-founded Obox.
@ayush_chandra I'm looking for a Windows 10 developer to help me create one :)
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Research Intern & Tech Evangelist
@marcperel will help you out with some leads , do connect me on linkedln
Girish patil
Girish patil@g__patil · indie hacker
@s_omeal had started working on the similar app for linux & windows I guess.
Michael Marshall Smith
Michael Marshall Smith@ememess · Novelist and software junkie
Interesting idea. Any plans to have the thought list sync via iCloud, or at least to be able to store/read the file in DropBox or similar? Be nice to be able to have them on both desktop and laptop.
Marc Perel
Marc PerelMaker@marcperel · Coded LayersWP. Co-founded Obox.
@ememess I considered this, but for the initial use I didn’t want to add complexity of APIs. It’s something I’ll consider though, because most thoughts arrive away from my machine too, usually on my bike 🚲 or in the car 🚗
Michael Marshall Smith
Michael Marshall Smith@ememess · Novelist and software junkie
@marcperel Makes sense. Tho simply being able to choose where the app reads/writes to would do it for DropBox...
Marc Perel
Marc PerelMaker@marcperel · Coded LayersWP. Co-founded Obox.
@ememess I’ll see how that pans out in an update thanks mate.