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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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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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+↑/↓
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.
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.
Most todo lists very quickly become stale, ie full of old tasks:
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:
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.
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.
“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)
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:
Be social and productive at the same time!
“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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.”
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.
|?||Show / hide this help menu|
|`||Open settings dialog (above tab key on most keyboards)|
|n/m||Switch to NextAction/Organize tab|
|i/o||Toggle intentions/outcomes setting mode|
|0-9||Enter a new intention for the goal with that number|
|alt + 0-9||Filter list by the goal with that number|
|space||Toggle done-ness of selected action (or next action)|
|c||Select next action (top not-done action)|
|↑/↓ k/j||Select higher/lower|
|⇧+↑/↓ K/J||Move selected item up/down|
|t||Timer: start/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)
|y||Timer: set timer minutes...|
|shift+y||Timer: set timer until...|
|ctrl+alt+shift+h||Timer: generate extra sandpile|
|ctrl+alt+shift+p||Timer: generate extra tomato|
|shift+c||Move selected item so it's the current action|
|l||(lowercase L) Select the last not-done action|
|shift+L||Move selected item so it's the last action|
|*||Toggle star on an action|
|%||Toggle nevermind on an action|
|a||Append text to an action|
|ctrl+shift+a||Show/hide completed actions|
|#||Seed the intentions input with a #) for each goal|
|shift+t||Timer: start pomo clock with a break|
|p||Assign a completed work block (eg tomato) to selected item|
|shift+p||Unassign a work block (eg tomato) from an action|
|alt+p||Destroy an unassigned work block (eg tomato)|
|alt+shift+p||Undestroy an unassigned work block (eg tomato)|
|f||Toggle distraction free mode|
|shift + f||Toggle dark theme|
|g e||Go to timeline page|
|g g||Go to goals page|
|g r||Go to reviews page|
|g s||Go to settings page|
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).
In addition, if you hold ⇧ shift when submitting intentions, they'll be put as the next task(s), rather than at the bottom.
And if you hold ctrl+ ⇧ shift when submitting intentions, they'll be put second from the top, underneath the current next task.