Nozbe’s mantra (and headline) is: “Simply Get Things Done!” – which means we want to provide you with a simple way to get stuff done as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
As we’re closing towards showing you the long awaited new user interface we’ve got cooking, I was revising many places where we could make things yet more… simple.
And one of them was Nozbe syntax for quickly adding actions. Until today it was pretty complex, to add a task that would happen on Friday, take you 30 minutes and belong to the project “test project”, in the context “internet” and that would recur “every week” and be your next action you’d have to write this:
My sample action (P test project) (@ Internet) (T 30 min) (D Friday) (N)
Pretty neat, right? But isn’t that too many brackets and parameters? How about like this:
My sample action on Friday @internet #test project %30 min every week !
Isn’t that cool?
Introducing new Nozbe syntax
The new syntax is short, smart and sharp:
- DATES just write the date in the task name like “on Friday”, “tomorrow”, “next week”, “on Feb 28” and Nozbe will understand it! (dates need to have “on” or “at” before, and tomorrow and next week don’t need that)
- CONTEXTS – just use the @ (at) sign and put your context name (no space required)
- PROJECTS – just use the # sign and put your project name, like “#my project”
- TIME NEEDED – just use the % sign and put the time you need
- REPEAT ACTIONS – just write “every ….” to mark the action should repeat every day, week…
- NEXT ACTION – just use the ! exclamation mark and that’s it – it will be one of your next actions!
I know, there are still some signs to learn, but they are all optional. If no project is specified, the action goes to your first one. The most important thing is that there are not brackets and Nozbe understands the dates! Tomek, our talented developer worked really hard to make Nozbe this intelligent and he’s done a great job!
Here – some real life examples:
Read GTD by David Allen #private @home
Download new app @computer %15 min !
Pay landlord on Monday @bank every month
... and the list goes on and the next coolest thing is that:
This new syntax WORKS EVERYWHERE
This is true, this new syntax works in:
- “quick action” dialog in Nozbe
- any other place to add actions in Nozbe
- if you send direct messages via Twitter
- if you send tasks via Email
- if you input stuff any other way to Nozbe
Try it for yourself and play with it and let me know what you think!
One more thing – we’ve added a great new way to email stuff to Nozbe – again Nozbe will be way more intelligent than before… I’ll blog about it in a bit.
So is Nozbe intelligent or what? :-)