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AgileTask Feedback

Rob Lund dropped me a line recently about his cool app AgileTask.

Here's a screenshot -

So, I like the product overall. It works as advertised - it's super lightweight and you can start using it really quickly. There's humorous achievements you can unlock that keeps it light. I reckon this is useful and usable for people.

I like the product. It's fast. Very responsive. Elegant, intuitive interface.

Good Ratchet, Bad Ratchet

What do most people do as soon as they achieve something?

If they're lucky, they enjoy the success for a week or two. Maybe even a couple months.

Then they ratchet their goals up higher, start judging themselves on this new level of not-quite-there yet, and are mentally back to square one.

This isn't all bad. While it causes some neurosis, it's a huge driver of progress. Humans are always unsatisfied and keep wanting more. They get it, and then want more. So we keep improving and building things.

The problem, though, comes when you ratchet your goals up in an optimistic way, and then get demoralized from getting back to the hustle. You have a record-breaking performance that you're not quite on the level to consistently do, but you ratchet your goals up to there and there alone.

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