Okay... like many here, I've gotten the basic idea - have a system, keep ideas out of your head, trust that you'll see what's important. Now I'm having trouble with trying to control my three styles of projects:
a few hard deadlined, major scale multi-step ones (i.e., 'Write Comparative Religion class midterm essay')
dozens of small, easy, but vitally important routines (clean litterboxes, clean snake's tank liners, the sort of things that can wind up getting lost in the shuffle)
a probably very typical laundry list of Someday/Maybe style nice ideas for sometime
I'm trying to use a flat Palm, since I'm a geek :) and the kind of visibility I want doesn't come easily.
A few weeks ago, I tried using a PigPog setup to help that !$% project - NA connection thing... and I ditched my SDMB list, merged it all together.
Things didn't stand out any more, so I went back to my 'Life Balance will keep everything organized and in sight in its Outline' phase. That leads me off into 'my outline isn't *complete*'-itis. Too many little daily routines, and checking off a thirty second vitally important household task becomes as important and involved as actually taking the thirty seconds to *do* it.
I know in my head that I could:
1) make myself put every one-shot deadlined project in the calendar, with alarms, and use them as daily 'decide on NAs and record them' time;
2) put all these routines into checklist Memos, with daily calendar repeats of the memo name as the 'review this list!' reminder;
3) leave the ToDo entries as only the no-deadline 'improving life bit by bit' things;
4) *THE BIG THING* and my big admission of oops: make a calendared appointment to Review things, and write a checklist where I can add checks to catch where I missed things previously.
And as cheesy as it sounds, I think I just talked myself into a solution. (Not having any other place to express these thoughts, and being a rather verbal-style thinker, sometimes I just need to stop and talk things clear.)
Anyone who thinks I'm out of line, my apologies for interrupting your other reading...
Anyone who might have some advice for an admitted Palm fanatic who's terrified of losing track of critical routine things in the mass of other deadlines and Maybes, please! I'm all ears!