top of page
  • George Samuels

Sunsama: Improving My Personal Productivity One Day At A Time

Image copyright of Sunsama

There are a plethora of productivity tools out in the market. It feels like there's something new every day. However, depending on your work preferences, different tools will suit different people in different contexts. However, there's one tool that's bridging the gap and doing things differently: Sunsama.

I recently adopted Sunsama to manage my personal productivity. They're a relatively new player but has now become a staple of my daily workflow. The reason for this, I suspect, is their simple approach to getting shit done.

They focus on a weekly planner approach, with todos setup for each day. The power, however, comes from its ability to pull in your work from multiple sources, and manage them seamlessly in one interface.

I usually bet on the success of products based on how well they “stick” into my day-to-day workflows. In the past, these bets of mine have included Google Docs (replaced Word), Slack (acquired by Salesforce), RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), and even Notion (replaced Evernote for me).

What’s cool about Sunsama is that you can:

1 - Review daily work calmly

One of the best parts about Sunsama is waking up in the morning and being prompted automatically to review the day before, plan for today, and sync up items across your calendar or various, interconnected to-do apps.

Even though this can be set up manually in any tool of choice, it's how they do it which makes it feel like a pleasant experience. And makes me want to continue using it.

2 - Connect and integrate popular tools

Another great feature is the ability to integrate tools like ClickUp, Google Cal, Outlook, GitHub, Trello, Asana, etc. Essentially, the ones used by the majority of "elite planners" from around the world.

The benefit of this feature is that I can sync (for example):

  • A project/task management flow in Clickup

  • Another client who uses Trello

  • Another team who uses Asana

  • Yet another team who uses Notion

… without needing everyone to use Sunsama. Each team/client keeps their own respective tools of choice, but it doesn’t disrupt my own personal workflow.

2 - Pull them into your own higher-level kanban board

Once you've connected your various tools, you can pull them into your Kanban board as if it was all part of one system.

3 - Check tasks off, and have them updated accordingly in their respective apps

Syncing app notifications with Sunsama is one thing. Getting them to talk bi-directionally is another. The beauty of Sunsama is that when you mark something as Done in the app, it also updates the status of the task in its associated app (e.g. ClickUp, Notion, etc.) to Done too.

As a result, it's not uncommon to see reviews on Twitter like the one below:

Sunsama-type apps are the future. And I expect tools like this to be enhanced by blockchain infrastructure in the future.