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How to Make Your To-Do List Doable

How to Make Your To-Do List Doable
@lyndyn: I have a lot of these repeating tasks (like write Geek to Live feature, for instance, which happens every Wednesday, or go to the post office box to check for new mail, twice a week.) What I do is keep them in a calendar which is always on my desktop, showing me today's reminder items (ie, "Feature story due" and "Pick up mail.") That's stacked just below my todo list. That way I can see immediately what I have to do today by virtue of the fact that it is today, but I don't have to go through the motions of adding, checking off, and re-adding. The next day, the tickler items go away and refresh automatically. YMMV, of course. Flagged

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The Item Hierarchy in v0.8 Parents and children When we want to get something done - like, say, get a web-package to manage my task list - then usually I can't do it in one action: it gets broken down into several tasks. So, I create a project "get a web-package to manage my task list", and then I set out what the very next thing I have to do, to start making that happen: "search web for existing GTD software". That's a next action, and the sole reason I'm doing it is to get one step closer to making the project happen.

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