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Mind maps.

So I'm wondering about a new, improved method of building to-do lists.

One that will mean that I'll never be confused or unsuccessful at anything ever again.

Or exhausted, of course.

One that will mean I do all the things, and then do all the other things too.

And that won't take up too much time to learn or do, because that would be just silly and counterproductive and a bit too ironic.

Oh and spontaneity. It must allow for spontaneity. And promote a sense of purpose in my life. But it must also be not so ambitious that it overwhelms me.

Surely the above is easy to find.


So, my dear readers with floppy brains like mine, how do you categorise your thinking tasks?

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May. 29th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
There's what I do and then there's what I'm supposed to be ensoftwaring. Er, coding. Anyhow.

What I actually do that actually works:
- Write down the Big Topics on my plate (usually ~6 of them, I do too much)
- For each one write down 3 tasks. They must be actual tasks, not lump terms of vagueness. There must be no more than 3.
- Either begin somewhere, or roll dice and start there.

If that feels like too much work, I try to write down the top 3 things that will make tomorrow feel less too-much than today.

(A lot of this is Zen To Done based - http://zenhabits.net/zen-to-done-ztd-the-ultimate-simple-productivity-system/ )

What I'm working on:
A software package that works on routine actions based on the Service Level Agreement (SLA) concept from corporate organization principles. This would allow the system to dynamically adapt to reality (the trash goes out once a week, or whatever) rather than to what people think they should do (every day! every day!) but never accomplish (even the most energetic of us).

I really ought to finish writing that. It's, uh, on my todo list. *sheepish look*
May. 29th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I'm a born list-maker raised by a list-making mother but I've come to try to avoid lists like the plague because all they do is make me feel bad about not having ticked them off, replacing it with the mindset of "I'll trust myself not to forget anything important, and the rest will kind of fall in place".
I'm also too flakey though to remember everything without having in writing somewhere.
So here's what I do:
I have a calender to write down everything that comes with a fixed date, like work, birthdays, doctor's appointments, choir practices etc.
and on SUndays, I transfer the upcoming week onto a small blackboard, Monday through Sunday. That gives me a nice overview over my week, with things that are fixed timewise already, and the spaces left for other things to open up automatically. I mark opportunities to do this and that (swimming, yoga), but just as suggestions. But I will see if there's a lot of time that week for xyz or just this one opportunity and I better grab it.

As for the rest: I write a quick note if I fear I forget something and put it next to the blackboard, or on the back of it, but other than that, I trust myself to come up with what there is to do in a given moment, and I enjoy having done it rather than always having something else left on the list.

At work, things obviously work slightly differently, but similarly easy. Every single to-do-item (but obviously only those things that I'm in danger of forgetting) gets its own little piece of paper, like a post-it-note, just without the sticky stuff. Every day, I go through that little pile first thing, and take out the notes for that particular day. Those I sort them in the order that they need to be tackled, the rest goes back in the pile and back into the drawer, and I know I will deal with it once their day comes. Oh, and if I completed a task, I tear up the note and toss it. Much more satisfying than ticking off an item of a list. At the end of the day, all that's left is a sweet little empty space where the task-pile was.

My other strategy if I want to incorporate something into my life is to not make a list but establish a routine, and make that very easy to do, as in "5 minutes a day" or so. The easier and smaller the better. No threshhold.

Other mottos that help me are: Tackle one thing I don't want to tackle, first thing. For just five minutes.

Etc. I need lots of strategies to overcome what in my case is simple inertia...
May. 29th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
Wow that was long.
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