Where do I start?
Perhaps I need a list for that.
I've had list managers, todo managers, GTD task managers and have even flirted with full-blown project management software. In all-but-one case I've eventually and habitually snoozed, or edited-to-postpone, tasks.
That one piece of software: Omnifocus for iOS.
I slated its developers for a bug-ridden update after the transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7. Every piece of useful software eventually breaks, but…
On Android now after a sidestep to Windows Phone, I must say I miss Omnifocus with its rich feature set and calendar integration.
Thats my personal productivity mentioned, there's something important to note…
I use no productivity software at work.
I have a yellow Sigel Conceptum A5 squared notepad in which I write important things using a Fisher Space Pen. But the writing thing and the thing on which I write aren't that important; what I write is.
I have a system.
From the top:
- The year,
- Week number, month, date,
- Date entry with date.
Entry, left to right:
- Priority: only a '!' - used sparingly.
- An arrow-of-sorts indicating moved from a previous day.
- A checkbox, triangle or 'clock' indicating respectively: todo, done; a required change; or a time function such as late for work, a vacation/holiday.
- A descriptive line indicating what I must do, who asked me, and job/task reference numbers.
I recently started allowing entries to span lines. It took 5 months; I was afraid of compromises, dilution of effect.
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2 January 18th
↪[ ] Tidy desk
[✔] SolidWorks Vault deletions
[ ] Catch up with previous tasks
! /\ Change (size on component)
(clock) Sick: 11:35-
I've been using this system since June 2015; it's a keeper!