19 August 2016

Free for All Friday No. 405 by Nan

How do you wrangle to-do items? Do you use Filofax's classic To Do page? Or do you write them on the diary pages?

How do you ensure that you're seeing all your to-do items when you have pages and pages of them?

Of course, since it's Friday, all discussion of ring-bound planner-type objects is welcome

13 comments:

  1. Now I'm in A6 I confess to just slicing and punching any old lined A4 I have lying around and using that. I don't even draw boxes! I tend to just mind dump though, or create targetted lists (e.g. Packing, when I arrive at X...). My actual task management is done digitally - though day specific makes it onto my daily planner pages.

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  2. This is a constant issue for me. I'm very curious to see other people's replies! I need ideas!

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  3. time specific to do's go on daily page but ongoing to do's that I am waiting on go in a transparent pocket that can be moved forward until info arrives..

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  4. I just came up with a system to tackle this exact problem! It is on my blog: house-of-lotte.com/blog with pictures!

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  5. Immediate to-do items go on my weekly pages and longterm to-dos are listed in the appropriate section of my binder: shopping , lists, tasks, $$$, projects. I purchased a bundle of FC forms on eBay in March, so I have plenty of space to write.

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  6. At the start of each month, I include within my diary pages, one of the Filofax To Do sheets. This gets moved through the weeks until the new month begins. Then, items from the previous month not completed get automatically transferred onto the To Do sheet for the new month. I find it easier to keep the To Do sheets as an integral part of my diary, rather than having another section to have to remember to check - but that probably says more about my age than anything else ��

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  7. I have a brain dump/master to do list to make sure that everyting is captured. This master list comes in categories (3 different aspects of my work, health, house, family, Other)- everything that pops in my mind that I cannot do immediately goes in there - but I have a symbol for very small tasks that need very little time, so that I can identify them easily and do them in between. All the rest is either scheduled once a week (and then crossed out from the master list and put in my diary), or when I don't manage to do it at that time, it goes back on the list. I also prioritise the 3 most important tasks in each category with a half transparent page flag. Once the task is done I move the flag to the next important task in that category.

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  8. I draw a triangle for a task or action and a dot inside the triangle for one of high priority. I use different shapes and symbols for notations on my weekly insert.

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  9. After years of working with multiple projects broken down into dozens of tasks and activities - all with a raft of different priorities and deadlines, I've long found that a digital solution (originally Psion, then Outlook and now Pocket Informant app) is the only way I can maintain control! If life were simpler, then I would stick with paper, but I can't see that happening - life seems to get ever more complex.

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    1. It's called retirement Tim, I can recommend it :)

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  10. I use my Enhanced Time Management Week View pages from here on Philofaxy which are essentially a Week on one page on the left hand side, but with all the right hand page devoted to to-do's with a column for ones that are time bound for specific days, and the other half a little more free form.

    In the past I have used the traditional To-Do pages but I found that they were 'out of sight' and therefore not there to remind me to do things.

    My task list tends to build up through the week and things get ticked off as I do them, anything unfinished gets transferred in to the next week etc.

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  11. I draw a line down the middle of the page and enter any day specific tasks on the left side. Any tasks to be done anytime during the week are entered on the right side in more of a master task list format. Much like Steve's, any undone tasks move to the next week.

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  12. I keep a digital master to-do list, which I refer to when I do my monthly, weekly and daily planning and copy into my Filofax on the dates they are due. This master list includes a significant number of work tasks as well as all my personal tasks. I am currently using TickTick, which I can access from work and update during the day. I like the persistent reminders on my phone, which really does make me more productive, but there are plenty of other very good task lists you can use.
    I did try just keeping a paper task list in my Filofax but it really didn't work for me at all.

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