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Thymer.com Tames Kitchen Design 

It does not take much time, once one delves into the black hole of even thinking about a kitchen renovation, that the thoughts become disorganized, to say the least, given all the parts, pieces, concepts, ideas, not to mention products that are part of a whole kitchen renovation.

There is absolutely NO excuse in 2011 not to be organized when embarking on a kitchen renovation. There are many online management tools to keep track of every single detail. You can be organized in several ways:

  • in a super simple task focused way where tasks are simpl written down and checked off
  • tasks are attached to projects
  • tasks are attached to tags and/or projects
  • tasks are attached to tags, projects, and a calendar
  • tasks are shared by others in the same program 

and those are just a few ways to think of the detail/task/organizing process for a kitchen renovation.

If I told you how many free trials I've taken of task and project management programs, based online, I'd be embarrassed to tell you. The program I have kept coming back to over a couple of years, even though I needed to stray to find the greener grass, of which I never found...is Thymer. I've had many interactions with the developers over this time and they are extremely, and quickly, responsive, even over weekends. Best customer service I've encountered bar none, truly.

Thymer is SO simple, so lightweight, you wonder if it's a serious player in the project management world. It is. But, let's talk about how to use Thymer for a kitchen renovation.

First, Thymer is PRETTY. I don't know about you, but I like pretty. I like colors. If it is just a kitchen renovation you are doing as opposed to, say, a whole house, which could also handle Thymer, you may want "projects" labelled such as:

kitchen misc., countertops, cabinetry, appliances, flooring, backsplash, tile, designer, floorplan/design, trades, building materials

Great - you have your projects. As each task gets created, begin to add tags. For example, the appliances project would have tags such as: cooktop, refrigerator, double ovens ... you get the idea. And, those tags are available to you when you create each task. 

Don't need to deal with appliances for a few weeks out? Put a date on it - set it and forget it! Sync it with your calendar too.

One feature I'm MOSTLY crazy about is that at a glance, due to the innovative calendar within the task list, I immediately know what my day and week looks like...what has to be accomplished today. It instantly makes sense, since I'm seeing the complete picture. Thymer works on a loose GTD format, based on a concept called "Getting Things Done." Again, I cannot overstate that for me, to instantly look, without constant clicking, at what needs to be done/when, that's where Thymer excels.

Do you know where the real power is though? It's the ability to effortlessly and quickly send your emails, WITH ATTACHMENTS, into the Thymer system. Just forward an email, with attachments if it has any, to: addtask@thymer.com. It will recognize your email address and add it to your list. You can even add lots of different instructions into the subject line to further organize that email into a task. If you just throw the email into thymer, like I do, it will land in your inbox, to be dealt with later. Beautiful.

It's the easiest way ever, to organize a kitchen renovation. How would you use Thymer

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Reader Comments (5)

Hi Susan, that program sounds awesome! I've never heard of it. Could it be used for smaller projects, like an event?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarni Hale

I think it could be a good organizational tool for that. It also archives everything, once a task is completed. And, what I did not mention is that the search has super powers, meaning it will even search attachments, which is crazy. Try it. I'd love to know what you think. I'm all for hardcore levels of detail but at the end of the day, at least for me, the most efficient tools are fast and easy. Otherwise, they are work to use!

June 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I also just learned tonight that in the options section to the right of the task field, there is something called "bulk" which opens up the task field to a bigger field for comments. I also just learned that to add a comment to a task, because sometimes a task needs to be explained in more detail, one can do this:

new task -- comment comment comment etc.

By adding the "--" dashes, it automatically places the comment in the comment section of the task so you can have a short title and more info just below the task. Love it. Now I can go on and on when I'm giving tasks to someone. ;)

June 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

What a treat to visit with you tonight and to get reconnected to your blog. And Thymer looks amazing. I can hardly wait to try it. Thank you for sharing!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana King

Great organiztional tool. I look forward to checking out how is can work for our next project! Thank you for posting!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Gillin

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