Hi,  I started writing this post shortly before the war broke out in my country, and then I would never have believed that I would have to f...

How we are working during the war and what our plans are


I started writing this post shortly before the war broke out in my country, and then I would never have believed that I would have to finish it from a bomb shelter.

We condemn the war waged by the Russian government against Ukraine. At this very moment our cities are being destroyed, civilians are dying, including our friends, millions of people have left their homes and are looking for shelter. For more than a month our armed forces have been courageously resisting the superior forces of the invaders. The Ukrainian people fully support their defenders, volunteers are working 24/7, all Ukrainians and the whole world have united and are working for our victory. I am sure that everything will definitely be fine, so the MLO plans mentioned below have not even had to be adjusted now.

Recently, I posted some brief facts about myself, and in this post I want to tell you about our team, how we work in times of war, and also about our future plans. At the end of this post, I invite you to discuss the new features.

Andrey Tkachuk, 

CEO & Founder of MyLifeOrganized

(Updated on Feb 1, 2023) It has been almost a year since the war began. During this time, in spite of all the hardships, we have managed to release a new version for Windows. I am eternally grateful for your support, it would have been much harder without it. Recently I wrote a couple of articles on Medium about how I came back to my hometown, how I have to work during the shelling, and how I am trying to live a normal life. 

What MLO means to me and who helps me develop it

For more than 15 years I have been leading the development of MLO. Initially, I created this program for myself (here you can learn more about how it happened), and I could not imagine that my product would be loved by hundreds of thousands of users around the world. Now MLO is my main project.

We have a small core team working on our task management program, consisting of several developers and a customer care specialist. We also actively recruit third-party specialists on a contract basis (design, cloud, marketing, translations, specific mobile development, etc.).

I should note the fact that the development from the very beginning has been carried out only at my own expense without attracting third-party investments.

How we are working during the war

As many of you know, our team is from Ukraine, from Kharkiv. This is the second largest city in Ukraine. Beautiful city of IT specialists and scientists. Russians have been trying to destroy our city since the very first days of the war, but it heroically resists! It hurts and scares us to see that our Kharkiv is among the leaders in terms of the number of destructions (it is easy to find it on the map by looking at this infographic). This is how we remember our Kharkiv before the war. And this (also this) what they're turning it into now...

Fortunately, most of us managed to leave the city for safer places in Ukraine and other countries, and became refugees. Despite the fact that we have gone to different places, we continue to work effectively remotely. Every kind word that we have received from you these days really supports us and gives us strength.

In general, everything that we are now witnessing and experiencing deserves a separate story. But in this post, my point is that we continue to actively work on the application, and are now looking for new channels to promote our beloved app.

If you are looking for a way to help us

We welcome the international sanctions and have suspended sales of our products in Russia. It was a difficult decision for us (the Russian market accounted for a significant share of our sales), but what is going on is totally against our values and we cannot remain silent.

If you are looking for a way to support us, the best way is to help us promote our app. Tell others about us, leave a comment under a popular article, write to your favorite bloggers and tell them about us. Or share with us the contacts of bloggers, influencers and companies that can help us spread MLO and our story to more people.

Upd. Your honest reviews on MLO on Capterra, G2 and similar user review platforms would be greatly appreciated.

You will also greatly support us if you buy a Cloud subscription now for future periods. Even if you decide not to use the cloud, this way you donate and support financially the app development. A part of the funds will also go to volunteers who provide humanitarian assistance, and to our courageous army.

In addition, let us know if you or someone you know is participating in the hosting programs for refugees in the EU and the UK, and is ready to host the families of our team members. We have already gratefully accepted a kind offer from one of our users.

Any effort is much appreciated.

About your data

Rest assured that your data is completely safe. We use Amazon Web Services for our cloud infrastructure. AWS data centers are located in the US and EU, so your data is not affected.

The application does not suffer in any way, because we do not have infrastructure and development servers in Ukraine. The team is distributed and continues to work effectively remotely.

Future plans

Our previously outlined plans remain unchanged and we believe that we will be able to implement everything. We continue to develop our mobile versions and work on a major update for the desktop version.

About Mac version

We receive lots of questions about the Mac version. In short, it is still in our plans. We started working on it and stopped due to changes in Apple's plans (support for iPad on Mac, etc.). At the moment, speaking frankly, it is difficult to say something definite about the timing and free resources for development. I can only say that there is a strong desire to make a good version of MLO for Mac and we are not giving up on the plans. 

Plans for MLO 6 for Windows

We are now actively working on MyLifeOrganized desktop v.6, but we have not yet finalized the entire list of features that will be included. So you have a good chance to influence this list. So far, we can announce the following improvements from our list (but we do not promise anything as of yet ☺):

  • Dark mode
  • Improvements for organizing tasks (e.g. drag and drop to tabs, improved dialog for moving tasks, etc.)
  • Improved visibility (colors for tabs, contexts, ability to set colors of tasks from the toolbar)
  • Task archiving improvements
  • Improved sync conflict handling
  • Improved creating a project from template with a shift of dates (see the latest Android release details)
  • Improved reminders (option to disable temporarily, toolbar icon, etc.)
  • Dashboard — arranging multiple windows with different views on the screen and saving / opening this configuration
  • Ability to schedule tasks according to the required time and available slots (if possible)
  • Ability to block accidental change of a note (or all properties) for some tasks
  • View/edit notes in a separate window
  • Option to calculate project progress by the time required for the project, and not by the effort
  • Improvements related to time required to complete a task
  • Several cool surprise features

What other features would you like to see in the new version? Write in the comments here or in Twitter, RedditFacebookTelegram or our forum your top 3 features for MLO v6 desktop. Please specify why you need it, how it should work, or give an example. And let's discuss together.

Thank you!