The beauty of Input is that there isn't a massive amount of setup that you need to do to get started. Seeing how so many other products and tools have long setups, we decided to intentionally design Input so that you can just create an account and start writing — no inviting friends or formatting or walkthroughs necessary.
That being said, there are a few quick tips and tricks that we've found to be helpful to take advantage of the full power of Input. Read on to learn how you can take your Input experience to the next level and use all of our awesome features — helping you get more stuff done, better.
1. Keep it all organized
Being productive isn't just about working more — it's about working better. It's true, organizing all of your docs and files doesn't sound glamorous. But, putting a small amount of time now into creating a simple organization system will save you tons of time in the long run.
By clicking the +New button in the bottom-left corner of Input, you can create a new folder. Create folders (and sub-folders!) to organize your docs into different categories. Then, drag and drop docs and folders in whatever order you find makes the most sense for you.
2. Tag yourself (and your teammates!) in to-dos
As you build your work in Input, you can tag your yourself and your teammates in tasks. Your teammate will get notified when you tag them, plus the task will appear in their "Needs Attention" folder at the top-left of their screen. Assigning someone a task is as easy as hovering over the task you create, then clicking the avatar to choose someone to assign the task to.
In case you missed it, you can also add people to your doc but clicking the blue Share button in the top-right corner of any doc.
3. Make it a habit to check your Needs Attention folder daily
With so many docs and projects existing in so many different places, we heard feedback that it would be handy to have a singular, centralized place to see everything that you have to do. Enter — your Needs Attention folder.
Every task that's been assigned to you will appear in your Needs Attention folder. Making a habit of checking it once per day is a great way to add some structure to your workday and help you prioritize what needs to get done first.
Hint: task assigning doesn't need to just be from your team. We like assigning ourselves tasks as reminders of what we need to get done.
4. Check off tasks as you complete them
One of our favorite parts about Input? When you complete a task, it doesn't actually disappear — it just gets greyed out. That means you won't lose any important context or key information when you complete tasks. So, go ahead — check off tasks to your heart's delight!
All you need to do to check off a task is to click on the three little dots to the right of any piece of text, and choose "complete." If it's in a bulleted list of items, you can also just click on the bullet point itself to complete. Ta da.
5. Know who's in-the-know
When you're owning a doc and collaborating with your team, it's pretty helpful to see who's up-to-date. If you've ever wondered if someone you assigned a task to has seen that task, or if someone has reviewed a doc that you've sent, we built a simple way to find out.
When you're working on a doc in Input, check who's recently viewed it by clicking on your avatar in the top right corner. You'll get a list of everyone who's viewed the doc, and when they last viewed it. The perfect way to save yourself that "have you received the __" email.
6. Make Input easy on the eyes with dark mode.
Input's dark mode helps save you battery, and is perfect for getting things done in the twilight hours. You can turn on dark mode by clicking on the Settings gear icon in the top-left of your screen.
7. Download our desktop app and iOS app to stay in sync
For Input to work, we believe it should work everywhere. We're building Input to work on just about every device you can think of. Download our iOS app to stay connected on-the-go, and our Mac app to work without the distractions of your internet browser. We also are working on an Android app — send us a note and we'll add you to the waitlist!
Input is a powerful tool that uses docs to help you actually get things done. With Input, you can turn everything — including meeting notes — into an actionable, assignable task, helping you lead projects from start to finish in a smart doc. Signing up for Input is free.