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Email-based Productivity Log

Published 07/02/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

iDoneThis is an excellent application for teams who either don't see each other daily, who have varying schedules or who simply want to be kept up to speed on the progress of others. A manager could use it to get a nightly recap of their team's progress on certain projects or simply on their overall job. Instead of a manager having to nag their team for a nightly update, iDoneThis sends out the gentle nightly reminder for them. The team can respond to the email with the latest. iDoneThis then consolidates everyone's update and send out a group email with the results. Team members can then comment on the status updates of others, thereby encouraging their team and increasing morale. Managers can also focus on the task that they need to and team meetings can be reduced or eliminated thanks to this application. Also, iDoneThis chronicles the emails for the manager so they can look back through the emails when they need to. It's a great communication and recording tool.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

iDoneThis is a San Francisco-based team of four people: Walter Chen (CEO/ Founder), Rodrigo Guzman (CTO/ Founder), Mike Sun and Ginni Chen. The site is supported by investments from InterWest Partners, Sierra Ventures, Gokul Rajaram, and AngelPad as well as subscription fees from its users. Some of the companies who are using iDoneThis include American Express, Shopify, Foursquare and Harvest.

What are the differences to other apps?

iDoneThis doesn't require anyone to log into anything in order to send their nightly updates. This is all completed via email which is great since anyone with a Smartphone connected to their corporate email could do this. It is also nice since team members can comment on the others' work and offer suggestions, constructive criticism or support. It also helps manager keep tabs on their people without having to host conference calls or individually call everyone on a nightly basis.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

iDoneThis is very easy to use. It archival system of past updates is simple but logical. The commenting apparatus of the application looks just like other social networking sites including a photo of the user and a thread of the comments. The site itself is clean (white background, black text, Apple-esque) and it was fast and responsive. There were no issues encountered during this review of iDoneThis.

How does the registration process work?

New users can register for an iDoneThis account by selecting the "Sign Up" link in the upper-right corner of the homepage. A username, email address and password are all that's needed for the "by yourself" type account. For accounts with teams, payment information will be required.

What does it cost to use the application?

iDoneThis offers a free membership for the single user who wants to track their own daily progress. For most situations, however, users will want to be able to interact as teams. This plan costs $3 per person, per month.

Who would you recommend the application to?

iDoneThis is a solid application that managers of teams may want to deploy to keep track of their people. Managers need to inspect what they expect and this app certainly helps them do this in a way that shouldn't irritate their people too badly. Team members would also enjoy this app since they can cheer each other on and it's a way to bring people together on a nightly basis without having to carve out time for a conference call or meeting.

  • See what everyone on a team did that day in a glance
  • No need to nag as a manager- iDoneThis sends a gentle email reminder nightly
  • Team members can comment on another's actions- great for building morale

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iDoneThis pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : $3.00
(per person)
Most expensive plan (per month) : $3.00
(per person)




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