How to Maintain a To-Do List?

by Vinaya HS on March 30, 2007

in Business & Management

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These days, a to-do list has become a necessity. It’s close to impossible to remember everything that you wish to do in one day. I have tried a great many techniques to maintain a to-do list – Post-It Notes (both physical paper and the desktop version), Microsoft Outlook (eeeeeks!), [constantly changing] mobile phones, an iPAQ at one point in time, web-based to-do portals, GMail, Notepad, freaky reminder services, Getting Things Done templates, et al.

From my experience, none of these work! They are just too cumbersome for ubiquitous access. Sometimes your to-do list is on your office desktop while you are at home, sometimes you just cannot access the Internet, and sometimes you don’t have the device with you. I have been driven crazy managing my to-do lists with these methods.

So is there a solution at all? You bet.

The simplest technique for ubiquitous access to your to-do list is a small notepad and a pen. It’s available everywhere, every time. You can scribble and scratch as much as you like. Plus it’s got an element of emotion attached. I use a bilt MATRIX premium notebook and a ball-point pen. It works like a charm.

How do you maintain your to-do lists?




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LittilGurl March 30, 2007 at 7:44 PM

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! Same pinch!! Me too :D (you get them in mini-square-lined version with colourful dividers – sho cute)

Anonymous April 3, 2007 at 2:46 PM

That’s a great Idea.
The quote
“Palest of ink is stronger than strongest of memory” was the
inspiration.

I also follow the same thing.
Daily morning, List out the tasks tobe completed.
And update the status for the previous days planned task
status
C-Completed
T- transferred if one time task not completed
O -Ongoing -if it’s a regular task

Girish April 3, 2007 at 2:47 PM

That’s a great Idea.
The quote
“Palest of ink is stronger than strongest of memory” was the
inspiration.

I also follow the same thing.
Daily morning, List out the tasks tobe completed.
And update the status for the previous days planned task
status
C-Completed
T- transferred if one time task not completed
O -Ongoing -if it’s a regular task

km September 2, 2011 at 1:59 PM

rediscover the old things after going through the pain… our elders are intelligent than us… with limited resources they did better things…

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