ziu P&L: -2 (≃ -20 USD)
Portable digital diary for breeding ideas. It is designed to speed up capturing solo deep thinking for multiple topics on the go (e.g. when walking in the forest).
PHASE 1: Note-taking app with file storage for mobile. PHASE 2: Mini tablet that fits a pocket.
FEATURES: Captures physical notes. Stores digital notes, images, files. Organises solo thinking into research, synthesis (ideas), projects with tasks, goals with habits, archive.
UI: Interface is based on symbols for reducing cognitive load when capturing thinking on the go: "0" means questions or research notes. "~" means ideas or synthesis. ">" means projects with tasks within. "!" means goals with habits within. "-" means archive.
METHODS: Content organisation is inspired by inquiry, design research, Kanban/Agile, life goal setting and habit tracking, knowledge management. It gives a sense of rythm so it is easy to learn and build a habit to think effectively. It encourages a user to explore widely (Questions) and narrow down to get specific (Ideas), go wide again (Projects) and narrow down (Tasks). It also includes traditional life goal setting and habit building space, archive as a personal knowledge library.
COMPETITORS: Evernote, WorkFlowy, HabitBull, Dropbox, Google Drive, Moleskine.
MARKET: Deep work.
ONGOING PROTOTYPING: notes.ruta.io and personal Workflowy list.
Project is open for collaborations. Technical solution could be open source to encourage scale i.e. that more people develop a habit to think effectively and produce self-driven deep work.