Lists, lists, lists.
Should I use large yellow pads? Small yellow pads? Steno notepads?
Should I separate household chores from business tasks?
I like to cross off tasks as they are completed. That means rewriting them periodically. I can do it more frequently if I use a small pad – it takes awhile to cross off enough things on a large pad to make rewriting it worthwhile.
If I use a large pad, I find myself trying making two columns of tasks – and then I find myself only looking at the items in the left column.
So then I tried using two different note pads – one for business tasks and one for personal tasks – that just gave me two places to look.
I like having a to-do list with items that can conceivably be crossed off within a day or weekend.
But what about the long-range items? Things that need to be done but there’s no particular time frame involved.
I’ve tried a few different kinds of software for keeping tracking of tasks: Remember The Milk, Toodledo, Cozi. In fact, here’s a list of 50 To Do List Managers that I might just check out.
Maybe it’s a matter of timing. When I tried the three mentioned in the previous paragraph, I didn’t have a smart phone. Having to find them on my computer before being able to add or delete something from the list was more of a pain than it was worth.
Since getting a Smartphone, I went back to Todoist and I really like being able to manage my list from my phone. I can color code projects and tasks and add or complete tasks at the touch of a button.
“With a simple and user friendly interface, Todoist to do list organizer has a built-in calendar with recurring dates. You can create sub-projects and sub-tasks with ease using keyboard shortcuts or your mouse, and has Mobile and email reminders, Gmail integration, Mobile access, Browser plugins, Labels, Widgets and so on.”
I have my Todoist set to synchronize with my smartphone and I find it easiest to manage it from my phone. Still, accessing it from my computer is just a matter of clicking on the TD icon on my menu bar.