Okay, so I have my context lists and since they are on paper they are a little messy, but they are up to date.
And I have my active projects list.
And I have my SDMB list.
And, I guess I have a cheated bit and I have a "soon as I can" list and a "weather permitting list".
So what is the problem?
Somebody who is important asks me:
1. What is the state of x project?
2. Or, what do you need to do today?
3. Or, can you do such and such?
I look at my calendar, but that only begins to help me answer 2 or 3.
I look at my lists and I can't answer 1 from my action lists, and I can't fully answer 2 or 3.
When I had the old fasioned "to do" list, I could give a meaningful answer.
I might have "go to paint store" on my list because I can't paint until I have the paint, but I don't have it tied to a date. So I might bump that for something proposed and not be able to get to the piant store then for another week.
Or I might be asked, how is the course planning going, and all I can say is, after looking at my list, and hoping I find the action related to that project, is "I need to photocopy Prof. Smith's syllabus". That sound's like a little bit of nothing or evasive and at that moment I can't recall all the things I have already done such as I have reviewed several texts, several DVDs, gotten the State's mandated curriculum and reviewed it.
And, not exactly related, but in the context of number 1 (above) a team member may propose that I begin investigating a solution that I long ago eliminated. If I don't have that referenced and summarized in my project notes and look at it and find it, I will start up that alley all over again until it dawns on me that I am experiencing deja vu. So, I guess I think I need some kind of project tracker! What do y'all think...or do?