Written by Jonnie Hallman
Planning is a big part of every freelancer’s workflow. Whether you’re estimating hours for a project or prioritizing tasks for the week, knowing what you need to work on and how long it will take you is essential for staying on track. Up until now, we’ve focused on the bird‘s eye view in Cushion, but for the past 2 months, we’ve been heads-down on a much more detailed look—the Planning View!
The Planning View is an entirely new graph for managing your workloads—letting you map out your projects in the context of your other work, vacations, and availability.
The graph is completely interactive, so you can create, edit, move, and resize workloads by clicking and dragging. Your availability and overbooking will automatically adjust as soon as you hit save.
Previously, workloads only let you specify hours from a dropdown menu, which was pretty restricting. Now, you can slide the value by 15-minute increments, or hold shift to snap to the nearest hour.
We also added a workdays setting, so you can specify which days of the week you intend to work. Cushion will use only those days when factoring your availability and overbooking.
In the bottom half of the Planning View, you can see exactly what you’re working on today and this Week. The Clients and Projects tabs will show a tally of your estimated hours for all of your clients and projects.
This is only scratches the surface of what we have in store for the Planning View. Over the next few months, you can expect a ton of improvements and tight integration into other new features, like:
- calendar feed
This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been about the future of Cushion. I hope you’re excited, too.