In June of 2015 I was overseas looking for 3″ x 5″ notecards – at the time they were the basis for my task tracking method. No luck. None were found.
Finding the store shelves empty of the preferred method – I grabbed a classic reporter’s notebook which was spiral bound at the top. The methods I’d been using transferred easily to a single page in the notebook:
- Keep only a single day’s to do list
- This forces prioritization by limiting the number of items (18 in my current notebook)
- Indent each item, then make;
- Hashmarks to indicate progress towards completion
- X = work is done
- M = Moved to a future day
- D = Duplicate item (unfortunately pretty common)
- Use the back of the list to track a ‘Has Done’ list – this confirms what did get done that was off the list
- Throw out the list at the end of the day
- All day long there is a centralized list to:
- Track must-do items
- Add newly identified items
- There is no need to dig through meeting notes to find deliverables
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