We all love our computing devices. They make it easy to connect with family and friends. They help us accomplish any task we can imagine. They retrieve information on anything we want to learn. They deliver us a constant stream of news and entertainment from all over the web.
But how we use our devices has become chaotic over time. We are constantly distracted, so we keep losing track of where we were. We spend too much time scrolling for meaningless dopamine hits, and not enough time learning and improving. We are equipped with countless tools that never forget, but somehow still manage to forget things. Our relationships with our most trusted products have become unhealthy, and in some cases, dangerous.
The problem is with how information flows from the world to us. Operating systems have been optimized for hosting as many apps as possible. Apps have been optimized for delivering as much content as quickly and as often as possible. The result can be summarized as an army of apps that continuously interrupt one another to flood our senses with endless feeds filled with short-term stimulants. These days, using our devices feels like drinking sugar water from a hundred fire hydrants at once.
NOU is designed to redirect information into a flow that feels much more comfortable to us. Engaging content as well as tasks that require our attention are organized into streams that we control, so we are given the space to get more done and fully digest information. NOU also helps us develop healthier habits by making it easier to monitor our usage patterns.
At a time when all incentives seem pointed towards higher complexity and chaos, we need tools that help us slow down and be more intentional about how we allocate our attention. NOU is our contribution to this category.
Save links to articles, books, videos, podcasts, and more. Copy/paste the links into your queue or use the NOU share extension from within Safari or other apps.
You can move items to Home to access them immediately when you come back to NOU. This is particularly useful for pinning long-form content you may enjoy over multiple sessions.
Create one-off or recurring todos for your tasks, errands, and routines. All todos must have scheduled dates.
You can review all of your upcoming todos sorted by date. Todos automatically move to Home on their due date so you cannot miss them when you open NOU.
See all of your completed items in chronological order.
If needed, you can reschedule todos or move media back into your queue.
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