Lists are amazing. I love lists. Whether’s Letterman’s Top Ten List—Dave, you will be missed—or those stupid “list-idles” that are so popular on the web, I have a deep, abiding appreciation for lists.
Especially when it comes to getting things done!
I’ve blogged a lot over the years about apps and notebooks and various things that could possibly/maybe sorta/kinda help one get their tasks organized and, more importantly, done. However, nothing has really made the different for me.
For about three months, I went old school. Yellow. Legal. Pad. Boom! Then, I added a clipboard and a manila folder, to complete the 1980’s trifecta. Check it out:
From Legal Pad…
This system actually worked really well for me, but there were a few glitches.
Space, for example, is limited on a single side of legal paper, and I couldn’t spill to the back because then I’d never look at that side. Secondly, my handwriting really stinks, and it’s not really an efficient use of time to have me writing all the time. Thirdly, it was one more thing that I was always carrying around, and it didn’t fit really well in my Macbook Air laptop back.
So after Christmas, when I got my iPad, I decided that my to-do list needed to make the leap from analog to digital.
Now, check it out:
I made this to-do list using Pages (for the tables) and Evernote (for everything else). The list sits in its own notebook, though I am using this tag hack to keep it always at my finger tips. I’ve been using it for over two weeks now, and I think this system will definitely be what works best for me.
And maybe it can work for you as well. To that end, here is a ZIP folder that contains both my Pages files and the finished Evernote note. Why would I give the Pages file? Because when the tables are brought from Pages to Evernote (via Copy/Paste) they become much harder and in some ways impossible to edit. Of course, I should also explain why I didn’t just build my tables using Evernote’s table function—it’s because it makes ugly, hard to manage tables. So there.
How to Use
The use of the list is fairly self-explanatory. Simply change my category headers and filled in your tasks. Saturday or Sunday evenings, I sit down with my laptop and my iPad and start my list over. I don’t erase my old ones. I just make a copy of my original, blank list and begin filling in the info. If you have any problems, questions, or suggestions, please leave a comment below.
I designed this list for list-lovers, for people who miss paper but can’t deny the value of digital lists, and I hope those people find this list and find it useful. If you are one of those folks, enjoy! If not, share it with the list-o-philes in your life. They’ll thank you for it. In fact, they’ll add thanking you to their list of things to do.