How I Get Things Done

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How I keep track of the countless things I have to do each day, and lowered my blood pressure by letting the computer do all the hard work.

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How I Get Things Done

  1. 1. How I get things done (while trying to keep my sanity)
  2. 2. Key Points <ul><li>Capture: Place tasks and appointments into your system as soon as possible. </li><ul><li>I always am either near my computer or iPhone, so this is easy. </li></ul><li>Store: Use the cloud to make this information available everywhere.
  3. 3. Automate: As much as you can. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Tools <ul><li>A Task List: I use Remember The Milk .
  5. 5. A Calendar: I use Google Calendar.
  6. 6. Ifttt to add extra automation. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Setting up your task list <ul><li>Create a Personal and Work list to track the day to day.
  8. 8. Create a list for any project with more than a few tasks.
  9. 9. Tag any item you can't do now with “ Depends ” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Set up helper lists <ul><li>Create a list to summarise your next actions. </li><ul><li>not tag:depends </li></ul><li>Create a list to review pending tasks. </li><ul><li>tag:depends </li></ul><li>Create a list to review stale tasks. </li><ul><li>(NOT addedWithin:”1 week”) AND due:never </li></ul><li>Review these lists regularly! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Set up calendar <ul><li>Get an ical link for your calendar </li><ul><li>Under calendar settings in Google Calendar </li></ul><li>Make it ubiquitous across all your devices! </li><ul><li>(So you can capture an event as soon as you know about it) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Automate where you can <ul><li>Automation is largely application specific
  13. 13. But here are some ideas... </li><ul><li>Use ifttt to tell you to cover your car if it will snow tomorrow
  14. 14. Set up a recurring maintenance schedule for your house
  15. 15. Make progress on long term projects by scheduling regular reviews </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Thanks for listening! http://marcus-povey.com @mapkyca

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