I just ran a trial in Noteplan which i really liked the concept of, and instead of doing my usual feet first all in approach i read the blog, watched some videos. Here after less than a week are my superficial thoughts.
As a note taker it’s really good, markdown renders as you type its themeable and the daily notes concept appealed and was something I could see myself adopting.
It integrates with Calendar apps (as do many programs ) and it can also show reminders, so far so good.
Now to what Noteplan says are not second class citizens, tasks. Now i can see that in relation to projects, its flexible just use a single project note or a folder with backlinked notes all integrated with tasks, a great idea and one with the limited run i gave it appeared to work well. Now for the downside…
I have a lot of repeating single action tasks for clients, issue domain renewal, issue hosting invoice, send catch up letter etc. I also have a similar situation with admin tasks, run server review, process bank statements etc. Noteplan is
not so good here.
Repeating tasks have to be set for a period (the restriction of using a daily note system) ie repeat monthly for 6 months or annually for 7 years. No option I could find to repeat indefinitely. Also the options daily weekly monthly quarterly annually are restrictive.
So i am left with using a plugin and basically writing Taskpaper syntax “repeat (2w)” however plugins have to be triggered manually on the page where the task lives. Noteplan does not have a way to automate this, and thats a pain and prone to error
Yes i could move all repeating tasks to reminders but with 70+ clients this is very quickly going to get messy and probably negates at least 50% of the reason for using Noteplan in the first place.
I wanted to love Noteplan but while tasks may not be second class citizens repeating tasks certainly felt like they were.
So am I missing something and doing Noteplan an injustice?