iDoneThis – Productivity App

31 Mar


The popularity of mobile applications has continued to rise, as their usage has become increasingly prevalent across mobile phone users. A May 2012 comScore study reported that during the previous quarter, more mobile subscribers used apps than browsed the web on their devices: 51.1% vs. 49.8% respectively. 

App I recommend:

iDoneThis is an iPhone app and website that helps people stay productive by asking users one simple question each evening around 8:00 pm: “What’d you get done today.” The website is designed more for businesses and teams. Users can sign up in groups together and receive e-mails each night highlighting the accomplishments of everyone on the team. This gives each member the chance to see who’s done what and provide feedback. On both the website and the app, users can look back and see the “dones” accomplished for the previous week, month or year.

I started using this application in Sep, 2011 when I attended SHRM Conference and key note speaker Daniel Pink recommended audience to use this application. 






How does it work?

The Next Web named idonethis as one of the “10 Best Productivity Apps of 2011” along with Evernote and Dropbox.    

iDoneThis is a web-based productivity application that emails you once a day to ask you, “What did you get done today?”  All you have to do is hit reply and write down what you accomplished that day.  iDoneThis then makes your daily list of “dones” available in your calendar view.  You can go back 1 or 2 days, or 1 or 2 months, and see exactly what you did on any given day.  iDoneThis can also be used for teams/groups of users.  Every member of the team is able to report his or her contribution to the team for the day, and is also able to view what other team members have accomplished.

According to me, iDoneThis is a great motivational tool because knowing what you can do and have done gives you the momentum to do more the next day.  It’s like when you go for a long run.  When you realize how many miles you have logged and that you are more than halfway there, it gives you that extra push to the finish. 


  • People who want to make the most of their day. For some people, making the most of their day means doing hundreds of chores, tasks or activities that relate to work/school/fitness/training/etc. iDoneThis benefits them because they will have a great list of the tasks they have accomplished.
  • For other people, making the most of their day means working towards goals and aspirations. The daily incremental steps of great life changes, whether it is becoming something, starting something, or building something, can all be recorded and accounted for using iDoneThis.
  • And there’s another group of people for whom making the most of their day means taking time to reflect, preserve memories, and enjoy the passage of time.  For those people, iDoneThis reminds them to stop and ponder their daily lives.
  •  iDoneThis also has nostalgic value for them because they can look back on specific days and see what they did.

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