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Tend 2.0

Tend 2.0

From the first day that we launched Tend, we’ve been getting solid feedback from our incredible user base. We’ve been listening and we are thrilled to announce the launch of Tend 2.0 to the App Store and Google Play! If you’re a visual learner, here’s a tutorial video that walks you through all of the new features. Otherwise, read below to find out what’s in store with the new update.

Here’s what you’ll find in the updated version of Tend.

  • Tons of NEW TASK CATEGORIES, like personal development, self-care, and a special category to keep track of the upcoming holiday madness.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE CATEGORIES AND TASKS – create your own personal task category to track tasks that are unique to your life and remove categories that don’t apply to you.
  • We made it easier to DELETE tasks – just swipe left to remove a task from the completed task list, or hit the trash icon on the additional detail screen.
  • Create a TO-DO LIST from the add task screen, just tap a task to add a to-do and hold to complete.
  • Go back and edit your TASK HISTORY by clicking on the calendar on the right-hand side of the task screens. Don’t’ forget to go back to the current date when you’re done editing!
  • An iPAD compatible version of Tend is now available for a better tablet experience.

If you don’t have automatic updates installed and you need some help, click here for iPhone and here for Android.

We can’t wait to start getting feedback on Tend 2.0. Reach out to us anytime at info@persistiny.com to tell us about bugs, new feature recommendations, or just to chat. If you love the app, we would be incredibly grateful for a 5-star review.

Facetime

Facetime

My god I hate facetime.

That is all.

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Tend Early Adopter Program

Tend Early Adopter Program

It’s been three weeks since Tend made its debut on the App Store and Google Play, and it has been an absolute dream to see women using the app in the way we envisioned. What’s even more exciting is to get feedback on new and different ways women are using the app and the incredible ideas they have to make it even better!

For those of you not familiar, Tend is a task manager and journal that allows women to keep track of the many, many things they do each day to care for their families and loved ones. This work is vital, but so much of it is so invisible that it doesn’t even make it onto to-do lists, but it does consume a significant portion of our time.

Our guiding principle as a company is to build content and products that support women where they are. To do that, we HAVE to listen to the women who are using our products and continue to develop features that serve them. That’s where you come into the picture. We want to make Tend work for your life. That’s why we created the Tend Early Adopter Program.

Tend Early Adopters agree to use the app for a minimum of 30 days and answer a concise survey each week for 6 weeks. Each survey should take no longer than 5 minutes. If you prefer to do it all at once, you will have access to a comprehensive survey at the end of the program.

In exchange, we will send you a thank you gift of your choice; a Persisitny pouch, handcrafted in India by women using recycled saris, or a Tend icon Popsocket for your phone. I just put mine on, and I am obsessed with it! We’ll also enter you in a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.

The program runs through September 8th, so you only have this week to join! All you have to do is download Tend: Task Manager & Journal from the App Store or Google Play. You will receive an email immediately with instructions for joining the Early Adopter Program. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

TEND

It’s Here! Tend is Finally Here!

It’s been just over two years since Aileen and I sat in the cafe at the Getty Villa and fleshed out our concept for a mobile app that helps women to give value to the work they do each day for their loved ones. Today we are thrilled to announce that the first version of Tend: Task Manager and Journal is finally available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

With Tend, you can keep track of how you spend your day using an effortless task manager, then take a moment to journal your thoughts and reflect on your priorities. Here is what you can expect to see in Tend 1.0:

→ Add Daily Tasks: Select from a comprehensive list of caregiving jobs

→ Add Details: Note how many times you completed a task and how much time it took

→ Quotes: Get inspired with a library of motivational quotes to brighten your day

→ Add Journal Entries: Do a quick mental health check in, jot down a note, and add photos

→ Dashboard: See your important work in a snapshot, track it over time and see trends in your mood

→ Personalize: Use the profile to customize your task list and select sweary language in your quotes 

Tend is a journal & task manager, but most importantly, it’s an outlet for self-reflection and celebration. This is not about self-improvement or increased productivity. We already know that you’re doing amazing things. You deserve to acknowledge them.

This first version has many of the features we envisioned, but for to Tend to serve as many women as possible, we want your feedback! Tell us what you love, what you hate, and what’s missing by joining our Early Adopter Program. Once you download Tend, click on the link in the welcome email and opt into the program. It’s your opportunity to make sure Tend reflects your experience as a mother and caregiver.

If the Early Adopter Program is too much of a commitment, but you have questions, feedback, or concerns about the app, please reach out to us at info@persistiny.com.

We also encourage you to join our ongoing conversation about caregiving and your experience by joining our private Facebook group, Tending the Home Fires.

We are so pleased to share Tend with you. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Share the Meal

Share the Meal

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YouTube

YouTube

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Vocabulary Builder

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Notes

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YNAB

YNAB

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