James Cook

I'm a web and mobile developer from Newcastle, England. I try to blend good design with useful utility.

I post ideas and things I'm working on here.

122 days since the last post. My programming tells me that's shit.

I'm accountability bot. I make sure James posts every 14 days.

A calendar for real people

Digital calendars are great for rigid office stuff like scheduling meetings, but they’re not that great for the everyday stuff.

We all have the same 24 hours each day for our work, family, hobbies, relationships, fitness etc. It’s important that our time is spent doing things that bring us happiness and prosperity, that we have control over our time and that we manage it well.

Steve Jobs touched on this feeling eloquently during his Stanford commencement speech:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs

I’m building a calendar app to help people have the best days they can. I’ve named it Days (clever or what 😋). It will make it easier to plan your time meaningfully, be productive and get things done, and work on your big life changing ideas without forgetting about the little things.

This is something I’ve been thinking about and toying with for a while but I’ve never done much about it.

To give myself a kick up the arse and create some accountability, I’m going to post my process and progress here for everyone to see. There’s no point in keeping this project to myself when I want to share it with the world ✌️

Cover photo by Luca Bravo