No, I don't think I have that problem, but I might possibly have a solution: put each thing into a trusted system, but not necessarily everything into the same system! I have a number of systems that I'm using, and overall they work reasonably well. Many are on paper. Some are on the computer. I have a watch that beeps and displays a word or two before appointments. A few of my systems are physical locations, such as a habit of putting something into my backpack so that I'll automatically bring it with me next time I go to work. If I can find a good way to use a physical location like that, I prefer to do that rather than writing down a reminder. For most things, I write them down on a context page on a little notebook that I always carry around in my pocket. For most things at work, I write them down each on a separate sheet of paper and put them in my tickle file or inbox or powers-of-2 system or other appropriate system. I answer emails as they arrive or I put them into an "unanswered" or "action" email folder -- actually, I have a set of action email folders that I use a powers-of-2 system on -- and sometimes also put a note to myself on a separate sheet of paper referring to the email to remind myself to reply.
Originally Posted by jennytg3
These systems complement each other. (Like me and Dena but with an "e" instead of an "i".) When something comes up I can usually rapidly select the system I want to put it into, based on where I am when I'm capturing, how much time and energy I have for capturing right then, where I'll be when I'll take action, how soon I'll need to take action, etc. Each of the systems works (er, more-or-less) and is trusted. I don't think they would work better if I put everything into just one of the systems.
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