My old fashioned, low tech to do list is back! The lowly composition book. You would think that I would transition to an online solution, use the Reminders App on my iPad, or find something else that is high tech. I have tried all of those, but what I have found are two things:
- It is extremely satisfying to cross something off a list
- I can have it with me everywhere, paste things in it, take notes, etc and feel like I am not taking time writing on a crummy little keyboard - I feel like I am getting things done
Sure, I put big deadlines on my calendar. I schedule all appointments, bills, events, meetings, and anything that is timed in iCal. But for the myriad of tasks that happen on a a day to day basis I needed a place where I could do a brain dump. I know from countless years, that keeping it all in my head is not good for my productivity, balance or decision making. If I can get it all on paper I can move onto the more creative and juicy bits of my life. Crossing things off one at a time.
Sure, a high tech version would be great, but after 6 months of trying every type of option I could find for my iPad I gave up. There just isn't anything like the simplicity and direct act of writing something on a list and crossing it off.