Put it on the list

Since the dawn of time, but also quite recently, I have been looking for a decent to-do list manager. This is how it used to work:

While I’m out all day, I keep a list of things that I need to do, remember, or think about on a scrap of paper. When I get home, I action all the ones I can and cross them off the list, then transfer the rest to a master list in a giant notebook.

This involves pen and paper, and lots of it. I’ve been looking for online alternatives, and I’ve checked out all the usual ones – Ta Da List, Remember the Milk, etc, etc.

The problem is, I want reminders as well. On certain days I want to do particular things, it helps me get things done when I have a routine – you can tell from the lack of updates to this blog. I tried using iCal, and it’s really snazzy, but it doesn’t quite grab me.

I spent a while trying to make it work for me and I’ve figured out what the difference is. On paper, I cross the things off my list, and move them forward to the up to date list when they are still current, and that’s what I want from my calendar.

A daily list, where I tick off what I’ve done, and if it doesn’t get ticked, it moves forward to the next day, where it adds itself to whatever I have stored to be done that day.

I’m not even sure this makes sense, which doesn’t help me trying to find what I’m looking for. At the moment, I’m making the best use I can of Ta Da List and iCal, and trying to sort out what will actually make my life easier.

5 thoughts on “Put it on the list

  1. followed your link in today’s sidepodcast post and am now making my way backwards to the blog:

    I use the lightning add on for thunderbird. Although I have more deadlines than tasks and use the calendar more than the tasklist and thus can’t say much if it’s actually does what you want. And you probably don’t use thunderbird. Ah well

  2. Thanks Kathi, and hi!

    I do use Thunderbird and did try out the Lightning add on. I can’t remember what it was but something bugged me about it. I’m starting to come to the conclusion that I need to find something and stick with it, before throwing it out as a solution.

    I’m flicking from one service to another and not really giving any of them a chance at the moment.

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