Problem with long/recurring tasks
I've been using ToodleDo for several months and I'm trying to follow some GTD ideas. I am only using GTD in a very broad sense: I love the idea of just dumping everything into a todo list (it was really messing my mind to have all those tasks going around my head, not anymore!), but I couldn't care less with some distinctions in the "context", as about 90% of my work is done in front of a computer, and I surely will not put tasks like "putting garbage out" or "get groceries" in a todo list... if I did that, I think I could as well put "breath in, breath out" in there! I read a lot in this forum already and I can see that "contexts" is a very gray area that can be interpreted in several ways... So in a sense, I do use contexts, but I am mixing "places" with "state of mind", so I am using just basic @outside, @phone and then @PC, @PC-Email (even if that can be done in the iPhone if urgent) and @PC-Tests (because it s a completely different mood from work related stuff)
But I digress! It surely improved my peace of mind and some nuisance/boring tasks are surely (slowly) getting done, and they were dragging along in my life for eons!
But I am having a problem with long repeating tasks.
You see, I always have to improve my skills by studying, learning new programs, doing experiments with new techniques, etc. So:
- acquiring new skills takes a long time and I can't just stop working in order to dedicate myself to study (the money has to come from somewhere!)
- Also, since I am always buried in work, I don't have much time to study new stuff (and most of the time not enough energy)
In order to force myself to find the time to study in between all other jobs, I decided to put a task that reminded me of studying a different discipline everyday, dedicating about 1 or 2 hours per day to studying that technique or program. So I added a couple study-related tasks that repeat every couple days, another that repeats every 3rd day.
With this method, I looked at my "hotlist" and I could see that I should find sometime to study one of those techniques/disciplines. And so I did, and this worked for some time.
But it didn't last long, and stopped working completely! You see:
- I studied something...
- I checked the task as "done"
- but, since it's set to "repeat", it would appear the next day in the hotlist!
This gave no sense of achievement.. it was like "no matter what I do and no matter how much I study" the tasks would never go away! Always in the damn list! Worse! I got so used to see them there, that I just stopped seeing them at all! It's like if they're part of the "decoration", part of the interface!
In short.. it worked a few weeks... back in October! And I didn't study anything at all related with those tasks since then... I always tried, but since it's harder and harder to find the time and the tasks are always there, I just stopped caring about them! Days passed, then weeks, and now months have passed and still have no idea of what to do with those tasks! Actually, it was so long ago the last time I studied something related to those, that now I forgot most about them and most likely will have to restart, or at least recap most of the stuff.
Can anyone shed some insight into this? Anyone in the same boat (or maybe a bigger boat, as this one here... is sinking!)
Thanks a lot!
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