Tips for simple following what you want to do. Without calendars, gtd, and other stuff.
I don’t like a rigid planning. Caledars, reminders, scheduled events are not for me. But at the same time I want barely control things I want to do.
I don’t realy like set exact dates and times to do something. I get up everyday at different times. I come to work at one time, next day another. I have two little children bringing a little bit of chaos into my life.
So I try to avoid schedules and complex planning for decades ahaid. Treelike tremendous to-do lists with multy-level branching are too much for me.
For my life I have used a large number of planning methods and types, schedule, Bullet Journal, notes with to-do lists, emails as a to-do list, many different task management apps, Not-To-Do List, month goals, no goals, Getting Things Done, Zen to Done, Pomodoro Technique, 3 daily tasks, 1–3-5 Rule, Eisenhower Matrix, Ivy Lee Method. And many others techniques whose names I have forgotten.
They all don’t work in full for me. Generally I spent more time for processing than making things.
After a lot of unsuccessful attempts I had such requirements:
- Things I have to do should be important and significant
- All of them must be saved
- It should be a simple
- I don’t need to spend much time
At the same moment I read article "The Big List" by Tobias van Schneider. I tried to use it for a week, and it was magnificently. I combined this idea with yet some rules and got working approach that didn’t force me spent a lot of resources.
It’s very simple and contains only three points:
- Use one list to write down all things you want to do
- Avoid distractions and just keep doing
- Do something by intervals to focus on task you do for a time
I avoid using any reminders or scheduled events. I don’t separate personal, work and other tasks and goals in the list. There are some examples:
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I add ideas to the list. I add to the list what I want to do. I add things that I want to learn.
Now, at the moment I going to do, I open the list, choose task and do it.
This simple system solves my problem of task management. All saved. I don’t lose or forget anything. At any time I do what I want. And I don’t spend a lot of time for organizing.
I don’t claim that it will be perfect for you as well as for me. But you can steal some its parts that you will find useful.