The setback in paper planners prompted me to start developing Dreamscope.

Dreamscope isn't the tool that has been developed to release to the public from the beginning, but the tool that has been created through trial and error while the developer uses paper planners or existing electronic tools. Today, I intend to write the story regarding the development of Dreamscope.

 

Good points of paper planners

Popular paper planners are not only easy to use, but also well-designed such as fonts, spaces and texture of paper and its cover. They are so attractive that you must want to use them when you pick up them. I can imagine easily that if you use them with your own ingenuity and write tasks, appointments, daily logs and so on by hand, you like them very much. It's very important for paper planners to make you want to see and write something on everyday because you use them everyday. You may often find the article about comparing paper planners with electronic tools when you read business magazines. I think that paper planners are more attached than electronic tools. It's very difficult for electronic task management tools to express a personal touch like words written by hand, feeling of a leather cover used for many years.

 

Paper planners are tools for the experienced people.

I was very busy at work and went back to home by the last train everyday in about 2008. I was really exhausted with my work in those days. So, I strongly wanted to control my life from the long-term perspective and began to search the tools like this:

  1. Reverse thinking( or goal oriented thinking)(*) that anyone can practice
    *Reverse thinking entails deciding your goals and deadlines, i.e. how you want to be at a certain time, working backwards to determine the actions required to achieve these goals, and then carrying them out.
  2. Processing of large numbers of complicated tasks

First, I tried using a paper planner and bought most expensive one after examining some notebooks. However, I had a setback in using this for less than 3 months. I have this one at hand now and this is in the following state:

  • messy for being rewritten again and again.
  • scribbled a lot of notes in the margins because the number of tasks is too many to write in the limited space.
  • hard to see because so many tasks and appointments are written in the limited space though they are color-coded according to projects which tasks and appointments belong to.
  • hard to know what to do at a glance because tasks about business and tasks about personal life are all mixed up together.

The expensive notebook is spoiled.

The biggest problem with using paper planners for doing (1) and (2) simultaneously is the sheer effort involved. Reverse thinking( or goal oriented thinking) involves setting goals for months and years in the future, determining the tasks required to achieve those goals, and working out a schedule, but inexperienced people cannot create accurate plans and so are very likely to make frequent changes. In such cases, if using a paper planner, it is necessary to transfer the same task to daily, weekly and monthly pages, so every time a schedule changes numerous pages have to be rewritten, and this requires a lot of time and effort. In addition there is the risk of physically losing the planner. I eventually came to the conclusion that paper planners are tools for people who are good at task management and can draw up accurate plans from the beginning, and people with perseverance who don’t mind the trouble involved in changing plans. Of course paper planners have their advantages, but I felt it is very difficult for people who are new to task management, or those who dislike doing bothersome things, to appreciate this and to use them on a sustained basis.

 

The point of view existing electronic tools have a lack of.

On the other hand, there are many electronic task management tools that overcome the inconvenience involved in using paper. There are also tools which can efficiently deal with large numbers of pressing and complicated tasks. However, for some reason, none of these tools are focused on reverse thinking( or goal oriented thinking), and I couldn't use them to effectively link short term tasks with long term goals.

The concept of Dreamscope

So I decided to create my own tool. However, it was the tool collaborated with Microsoft Excel, Access and Outlook for myself that I created at first. I used this task management tool by myself mainly, but I decided to rebuild this app and open to the public because my friends I offered this app liked this very much and recommended me to release to the public. And it was Dreamscope that I just completed recently. Dreamscope is a task management tool that incorporates the following concepts.

  1. Reverse thinking( or goal oriented thinking) that anyone can practice
  2. Processing of large numbers of complicated tasks without the inconvenience of paper
  3. Cool design and easy, intuitive operation

This is ths story about Dreamscope. Dreamscope is the task management application that I have wanted as a user more than anyone else. And, I have used Dreamscope for more than 5 years if including the duration of use of the previous tool of Dreamscope. So, I strongly believe that you will achieve better results by using Dreamscope in the light of my experience.