Probably 75% of my projects are recurring projects that once done will happen again at some future date. Most of my work is routines of one sort or another. That doesn't mean i don't track them as projects though. Examples for me include sheep vaccinations, Horse hoof trims, even things like schedule my doctor and dentist yearly exams. Sure that particular instance is completed but I'll just spawn a new one for the next time I have to do that.
Originally Posted by ero213
For the grocery routine specifically. I keep a shopping list in a special app. We only do major shopping once a month so I keep track of everything we need on a list in my iPhone. When we are thinking about going shopping my husband and I look at the calendar, major shopping is a 150 mile round trip for us so it has to be scheduled . I'll block out a whole day for shopping when it fits within other things. During the trip I can look at my special shopping list app for what is needed by store. I have in my errands list all the stores I need to go to as single actions. During the month before a shopping trip as we add things to the shopping list, esp. that need to be purchased at a store that is not on the regular route, I add Go to store X on my errands list with a context of the town we go do major shopping in. That way I see it when I am in that town and can check the shipping list app for what it was that we needed there.
So in the case you mentioned the "routine or checklist" is the list of items to buy but I schedule time in my calendar for a major shopping trip because it takes a full day. The specific places I need to go are one off actions on an errands list.
For things I need in the local town, I just add all those stops as separate items on errands and next time we head in to town I check and see what else I need to do there. For example, right now my @Paonia & Hotchkiss list includes Stop at Post Office, Stop at Ditch bank deposit checks, Stop at our bank deposit checks, Go to Homestead pick up ear tag and receipt, Talk to S about gym and so on.
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