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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.

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