Components of Complice

This page presents a lot of different components separately, but Complice isn't just another GTD task system. This page is mostly intended as a reference for users on the different components and how to use them effectively. If you haven't already tried using the Complice system, we'd recommend starting by reading about the Complice Philosophy.

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Goals

A goal is a recognizable, desired state in the future, that causes you to act differently in the present in order to realize it.

You don't need a deadline or a specific number, but intentional progress involves having at least some sense of what you're making progress towards. So where other systems put tasks first, Complice puts goals first.

  • up to 10 active goals
  • each goal can have one top priority
  • you can control who can see each goal
  • customize your goals with their own color, which is used consistently throughout the app

Today Page

Anything you do, you do today. Whenever you do it, it's today. Planning can be useful, but ultimately doing something at least plausibly relevant is better than having a theoretically amazing plan that you're not executing at all. Complice bridges from your big picture goals to your day-to-day actions.

So the core of the Complice workflow happens on the Today Page. It's your home base, your headquarters of intentionality. If you interact with it throughout the day, it's pretty unlikely that you'll reach the end of the day wondering where all your time went.

Most of the next components listed below are elements of the Today Page.

Intentions

If you're not intentional about how you spend your days, it's hard to get anywhere except by accident.

Complice intentions look like the tasks you're used to, but they're different in a few subtle ways:

  • Each one clearly indicates which goal it is in service of (with the number at the start)
  • Every day, you're prompted to reflect on whether you actually did each item (see outcomes below)
  • If you don't do something today, it doesn't just automatically go tomorrow's list or into a backlog! Tomorrow starts fresh.

Since you may want to track intentions that aren't towards a specific goal, you can do that using some other symbol, conventionally an ampersand (&) or a tilde (~) but you can be creative and use symbols like $ or or if those seem more appropriate.

If you have intentions that connect to an inactive goal, you can enter them using the inactive goal's 2-letter code, e.g. TP) file documents related to completed project

You can also indicate that an intention goes towards multiple goals by separating their numbers by commas, e.g. 1,2) hike with Kate might go toward both a fitness and a relationships goal.

Outcomes

One of the core parts of the Complice workflow is completing your outcomes at the end of the day (or the next morning, for some people). Where your intentions capture what you intend to do each day, your outcomes are a chance to reflect on what you ultimately accomplished, and how that looks in relation to your overall goal.

For each goal, Complice asks: is this enough?

This is the accountability aspect of Complice. It's soft accountability: there's no punishment if you don't complete your intentions. Instead, it's being accountable for looking at that list, not just letting them slip by.

For some goals, you may have numerical metrics for assessing whether or not a given day was enough. For others, it might be totally by feel: am I satisfied with how today went?

If you're not sure, consider: if the next hundred days go like this one, am I on track towards my goal? You may find you want to distinguish, too, between days that you intended to do a lot towards a given goal versus days that were focused on some other area of your life.

Hotkeys for outcomes editor

Press enter while in the "say more..." box, and it automatically jumps you down to the next goal's buttons. From there, it's an easy shift-tab to get to the plus button, or just press the += key on the keyboard, to create a new item.

But also, when you have the buttons selected, you can deploy the letter keys to answer the "Is this enough?" question:

  • y (or e) for "enough"
  • n for "not enough"
  • d for "day off"

When you select one of these buttons (by any means, including space or the mouse) it automatically focuses the "say more..." field. This means that you can rapidly progress through the form by hitting y, enter, n, enter, y, enter... etc.

You can also reorganize items in the list by using alt+shift+↑/↓

Daily Habits

Have actions you want to take every day? Or maybe just habits you want to track, like "get up before noon" or "drink at least 20 cups of water?" You can add these to your list of Daily Defaults by pressing the blue above the intentions box.

In order to not swamp you with these items, they don't automatically get added to your list every day. Instead, during the intentions-setting phase, you get to push a button ( ) to add them, and then you can edit them if certain ones don't make sense that day.

Tips

You can put an extra ( before the number, which is an informal way to make the daily intentions look less punchy and more remindery. It doesn’t get parsed as anything special at the moment, but it can help you visually distinguish things!

Some users also like using ~ for miscellaneous in dailies, instead of &. It’s smaller and seems more like a structure than a specific thing I have to do. See the examples below.

Include something about getting up on time. If you set your intentions the night before, add something like (~) get up without snoozing my alarm. Or, preventatively, (~) turn off my computer at 11pm.

Want to practice a new style of working? Add something like (~) use pomodoros or (~) no email before noon.

NotDone Propagator

Most todo lists very quickly become stale, ie full of old tasks:

  • tasks you've done but forgotten to check off
  • tasks that are no longer important
  • tasks that would be worth doing but at this point they've been on the list so long that you don't even want to look at them

Complice avoids this by having you make a fresh list each day. If you don't do something, it doesn't just stick around forever. It goes on the list of "things I was intending to do yesterday but didn't". Which is fine! You don't need to do everything every day.

To make it a bit easier to recover intentions that are truly important though, Complice now has a feature that shows you not-done actions from the last 3 days and lets you grab them for today's intentions. This makes the recovery of said actions be a conscious act, rather than an unconscious default state. You have to consciously think, "no, this is really important."

(Protip: Complice inserts extra )s on intentions that have been left undone in the past, to make them visually distinct. These don't have any specific function yet though.)

It's easy to remove notdones, and if you don't do something multiple days in a row, you get a message like this:

Pomodoro Timer

Here's how it works: pick something to work on.
Work for 25 minutes
If anything tries to interrupt you, don't let it. Write it down if it's a thing you need to do later. If you let something distract you, you have to reset the timer. Focused work is important.

Then...
Take a break for 5 minutes
Actually take a break! Even if you're right in the middle of something! Being in the middle means it's exciting to come back, unlike if you break when you're stuck, and then it's tough to come back.

When the break timer ends, start another 25 minute work timer. Repeat. Every 4 or so, maybe, take a 20 minute break.

Features:

  • continuous & one-off mode
  • custom work & break lengths (easy to change)
  • custom long-break frequency & length
  • optional ticking sound while the clock is running
  • multiple ending sounds
  • desktop notifications
  • assign completed pomodoros to intentions
  • share your clock with friends so they know when to message you (or can work together)

“This is the only thing I have found so far that keeps me even moderately productive in very unstructured work situations.”


This isn't just a built-in timer though. It connects very closely with your list of intentions for the day. Once you've completed a pomodoro, a little tomato will appear next to the timer: . Drag it onto on of your intentions to say "I did a pomodoro of work towards this" (or use the triple dot menu (⋮) on mobile)

Hourglass Timer

Want more flexibility than the pomodoro timer?

The pomodoro technique is based on tomato-shaped kitchen timers that are impossible to pause at a particular time. But with an hourglass, you can easily turn it on its side and the sand will stay put:

Add or remove sand at any time! You can adjust the time remaining at any time (even while the timer is running) by clicking on the displayed time (or use the y hotkey).

And then after you've worked for a period of time, you'll get a little pile of sand that you can assign to one of your intentions, to track your progress.

Unlike the pomodoro timer, where you have to reach the end, if you stop the hourglass timer midway, you still get credit for the time you did work.

(You can also create sandpiles from scratch if you want to track time retrospectively without running the timer. Press this hotkey: ctrl+alt+shift+h)

The hourglass timer also allows you to rate how focused you were while it was running. Here's what a sandpile looks like if you were 40%-focused for an hour:

Want to share a timer with other people..?

Coworking Rooms

Be social and productive at the same time!



Features:

  • Share what you're working on & see what others are up to
  • Synchronized pomodoro clock: take breaks at the same time
  • Chat, for during the breaks (group chat + direct messaging)
  • Video, for presence (optional, & without audio, to reduce distraction)
  • Open to anyone, including non-Complice users
  • Create your own private room for your friends or your team

“Joining this room is probably the literal best thing that happened to me this decade. Thank you to the people who made this place exist.”

(tip: if you have limited bandwidth, add #videoDisabled to the end of the url before loading the page and it'll turn off the video module entirely)

Beeminder logo (a bee symbol with an infinity shape) Beeminder Integration

Beeminder is for quantifiable, graphable, usually long-term goals. It focuses on ongoing metrics like time spent working, pages read, words written, or tasks completed. (It's also good for fitness goals like steps, calories, weight, hours of sleep, etc.)

What really makes Beeminder unique though, is adding an explicit commitment device to your Quantified Self data. You literally enter a credit card and agree to get charged money if you don't keep all your datapoints on a Yellow Brick Road to your goal. It's not for everyone but it's life-changing for some, and integrates beautifully with Complice.

Complice things to beemind

  • Using Complice daily Beemind using Complice at all: Complice works best if you check into it daily, so you can beemind this. This is the epitome of “hard accountability for soft accountability”.
  • Intentions & outcomes If you're checking in each day but you're still consistently forgetting to do something towards one of your goals, this lets you set a rate of progress for that goal, eg "1 completed outcome per day".
  • Starred intentions (total & per-goal) Want to have One Must-Do Intention Each Day? You can track that in Complice+Beeminder. Star the intention, and when you complete it, Beeminder will get a datapoint.
  • Pomodoros (total & per-goal) Complice has a built-in pomodoro timer, with the ability to assign completed pomodoros to individual intentions. You can then pipe these through to Beeminder to graph them and to make sure that you’re doing enough.
  • Minutes worked (total or focused only) If you want to add up all of your work time from the pomodoro timer and the hourglass timer, you can do that!
  • # Special numbers & more Want to track the number of pushups you do? The number of minutes you spend reading? Or the sum of a bunch of numbers? The Arbeetrary Tasks integration has got you covered!
  • Weekly & monthly reviews Let’s face it, almost nobody does their weekly reviews. Unlike GTD, Complice doesn't completely fall apart if you miss these, but they're still really valuable, so make it happen!

Plus, you can get a fancy widget on your Complice today page that allows you to quickly see the status of your beeminder goals and enter new datapoints.

WorkFlowy logo WorkFlowy integration

WorkFlowy is an epic infinite-tree organizer, that lets you create bullet lists of bullet lists of bullet lists, and zoom in to any level of the tree. It's a great place to break down goals into projects and projects into tasks, and that's why it pairs so nicely with Complice, which intentionally deprioritizes organizing, and focuses on a fresh list every day.

The basic idea is to put Complice intentions in WorkFlowy, and then tag them with the date that you want them to show up in your intentions drafts.

Read about the Complice + WorkFlowy integration

Roam logo Roam integration (coming soon!)

Roam's API hasn't launched yet, but we're already working on the integration.

In the meantime, you can read about synergies between the Roam & Complice philosophies.

Webhook logo Webhooks

Want to be able to notify other services (including over 1000 apps on Zapier) when events occur? Use webhooks!

(Currently only supports timer events—let us know if you want more!)

Google Chrome logo Firefox logo Browser New Tab Page Extension

When you open your new tab page, do you get distracted by links to sites like Facebook and Reddit?

Replace those distractions with your next action on Complice and a giant Done button.

Complice API

The API is currently in an alpha stage, but we're working to overhaul it and make a powerful platform, so if you're interested in creating something (and helping us design it) then...

Get Early Access

Accountability Partners

  • What? Link your account with someone else's to gain accountability towards your goals.
  • How?
    • Get emails with your partner's activities
    • See what your partner is working on while on your own today page
  • When?
    • Continuously via the partner tab on your today page
    • Daily email updates
    • Periodically help your partner stay accountable towards their top priorities
  • Who?
    • Use it to stay in touch with a friend
    • or find a stranger who won't let you slack off

Some research has suggested that simply telling other people about your goals can make you less likely to work hard at them, perhaps because the mere act of telling them feels like progress. The Complice Accountability Partner system is different though, because you're not just telling them—you're making a specific plan, and they're overhearing.

Also because your partner will see within a day if you're not doing what you intended, so you can't exactly rest on your laurels.

“My boyfriend introduced it to me and suggested that we use it to stay updated on each others' lives while we're doing the long distance thing.”

Stakes

Increase the odds of completing something in four steps:

  1. Pick an intention
  2. Set a deadline for today or tomorrow
  3. Choose an amount of money to put on the line
  4. Press Challenge Accepted!

"Challenge Accepted!" is, by the way, how we hope you feel when you hit the button. This isn't about forcing yourself to do something—you're still fundamentally free to not do it, and just pay some money. This isn't about feeling bad or scared, or punishing yourself. This is about the satisfaction of accepting a clear challenge and achieving it. The financial consequence is just part of making that challenge crystal clear.

Ultimately what actually matters is whether you're actually making progress towards the things you care most about. And you generally want your motivation to function by pulling you toward that future, not by fleeing some arbitrary irrelevant consequence such as a payment. But the real consequences of what you're doing may be nebulous or far in the future or always inclined to wait one more day... and sometimes it's time to say "today's the day, however ready I am."

If you don't check off the item by the deadline, we charge your credit card within minutes. That's what makes the deadline real—the charge actually happens at that moment. Otherwise it's sort of a fake deadline. If you send a message saying that you in fact did the thing on time but forgot to check it off in time, then we'll refund the money less fees (usually about a dollar).

If you do this often (like more than once or twice a month) then we'll start refunding half or nothing, because unlike Beeminder we're not primarily in the business of managing these commitment contracts, and the whole point is that you're supposed to have to check the item off by the deadline, not just have done it. But as part of getting used to the system, or if you're dealing with internet issues one day, sure.

And obviously if there's a bug in our code that causes you to get billed when you shouldn't've, we'll refund it in full (this should go without saying but sometimes it's good to to say such things anyway).

Dark Theme

Complice is made to be used throughout your day. But if it's late at night, you might not want to be staring at a bright white screen. Toggle darktheme (or have it automatically enable in the evening) to relax your eyes.

Enable this by clicking the gear on the today page, then the View tab.

Hotkeys

Timer hotkeys

tStart/pause timer
(note: pomos are indivisible, so you can't pause one halfway through)
(also this hotkey will add a minute to the timer during breaks)
rCancel timer
ySet timer minutes...
shift+ySet timer until...
alt+shift+tSwitch between timer modes ()
ctrl+alt+shift+hGenerate extra sandpile...
ctrl+alt+shift+pGenerate extra tomato
shift+tStart pomo timer with a break
pAssign a completed work block (eg tomato) to selected item
shift+pUnassign a work block (eg tomato) from an action
alt+pDestroy an unassigned work block (eg tomato)
alt+shift+pUndestroy an unassigned work block (eg tomato)

Intention-management hotkeys

spaceToggle done-ness of selected action (or next action)
cSelect next action (top not-done action)
↑/↓ k/j Select higher/lower
⇧+↑/↓ K/J Move selected item up/down
shift+cMove selected item so it's the current action
alt+cSet a random intention as the current action
l(lowercase L) Select the last not-done action
shift+LMove selected item so it's the last action
*Toggle star on an action
%Toggle "not today" on an action
$Stake money on an action
aAppend text to an action
alt+aSplit multigoal intention into separate intentions for each goal
wSet action as whole-day intention

View hotkeys

?Show / hide help menu
`Open settings dialog (above tab key on most keyboards)
n/mSwitch to NextAction/Organize tab
i/oIntentions/outcomes setting mode
shift+iDraft intentions for tomorrow
alt+shift+ 0-9Filter list by the goal with that number
vShow/hide completed actions
;Show/hide partner tab
alt+;View other user in partner slot (doesn't affect privacy ofc)
fToggle distraction free mode
shift + fToggle dark theme

Navigation hotkeys

g eGo to timeline page
g gGo to goals page
g rGo to reviews page
g sGo to settings page

Intention-drafting hotkeys

0-9Enter a new intention for the goal with that number
#Seed the intentions input with a #) for each goal

To submit intentions quickly, press ↹ tab (to shift focus to the submit button) then press ↩ enter (to submit it). You can combine this with the following options (which also work while clicking the button).

If you hold ⇧ shift when submitting intentions, they'll be put as the next task(s), rather than at the bottom.

If you hold ctrl+ ⇧ shift when submitting intentions, they'll be put second from the top, underneath the current next task.

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