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In This Episode…

Last week I realised I didn’t have an effective system for capturing my reactive commitments. All I was doing was randomly writing things down on my daily plans or on post it notes without any discipline or structure.

As a result I spent some time defining what a to do list system needed to be able to do for me. In today’s episode, I start looking at potential solutions by reviewing whether a paper based system would work for me.

Episode Show Notes

00:15 – The background to this episode:

  • Last week I realised I did not have a system for capturing my reactive commitments (those to myself or to others).
  • I was writing things down in random places and on post it notes and things were getting missed.
  • In episode 098, I defined what I wanted my to do list system to do for me.

01:27 – Today’s episode was about exploring the viability of using a paper based system for capturing to do’s.

01:41 – I currently use a paper based system for planning my weekly and daily activities as well as for planning my current significant project.

02:27 – A paper based system is likely to consist of a spiral bound (or similar) notebook. It is an approach I have used before for planning and note taking.

04:25 – The advantages of using a notebook is that it aligns with a my paper based system and it is cheap.

04:30 – There are a number of disadvantages:

  • If I lost the book I would be screwed!
  • I can’t easily prioritise or sort the list without re-writing it.
  • I can’t easily reference or search the to list.

04:55 – I don’t think a paper based system is a viable one for me and so will begin exploring electronic/cloud based options.

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