Hi again, "Almost"! And innovyse.
Originally Posted by Almost Done
I use a mish-mash of systems, but I apply David Allen's rule for calendars to my tickle file: I don't put in anything that I just don't have time for right now. I try to use the principle: if something has a deadline, just do it pretty soon: don't wait until near the deadline. I don't have anything near infinite wisdom. I like pulling things out of the tickle file that have an actual reason to have been delayed; it's like getting emails from myself. But I'm pretty sure I would find it dreary to pull things out of the tickle file that I just didn't have time to do the day I put them in. If I didn't want to do them then, what would have made me think I would want to do them now?
For some things with deadlines, I put two or three reminders in the tickle file that the deadline is approaching, so that just in case I haven't done the thing yet I get reminded that it's getting pretty urgent to do it.
I've divided my lists of actions into "things to do before the trip" and "things to do after the trip". It's amazing the amount of clarity I have on that. Maybe I should schedule some extra trips, or pretend to myself I'm going on a trip, to get that clarity. However, I found that after getting back, the "things to do after the trip" list was kindof boring to address. If I didn't think it was all that important to get done before the trip, maybe I still didn't find it all that motivating.
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