How can I break out of the pen and paper to-do prison?
September 14, 2012 12:59 PM Subscribe
Can you reccomend any good Right-brained/Visual/Spatial/Kinesthetic alternatives to pen and paper, linear to-do lists?
posted by chocolatemilkshakes to Grab Bag (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I have never gotten along well with to-do lists. The concept seems so simple and helpful, yet very rarely do I work off of the to-do lists that I create. I either happen to get the things on the list done because I already know in my mind that I need to do them, or I just don't get the tasks done.
Although I can look at a to-do list and logically comprehend what it means, it doesn't really "click" with me, know-what-I-mean-Vern?
What I really want to do is find a way to make my to do-list more of a visual/spatial/touchable experience. I think this will help me a lot because I comprehend things better on this level. There have been times that I've tried different productivity systems, GTD etc. With all it's envelopes GTD seems like it with fit some of what I'm looking for, but that system overwhelmed me. I'm not actually looking for a productivity system - I really just want to replicate the function of a traditional to do-list; to have a set of items to show what you need to do in a day, and a way to see when they are completed.
I have no problem making a list on paper, or in a word processor, and setting deadlines and start dates for projects that way. Really, I could create a daily list on paper first, but then I'm looking for something more 3D and right brain engaging to work with during the day as I work through the tasks.
Those of you who process things in a similar way, what techniques have you implemented to make to do lists work for you? I know I can't be the only way who can't stand the linear, word based, sterile, and often not aesthetic, way that traditional to-do lists work.
I've been brainstorming a bit and my starting ideas are some of the following:
- To use a bulletin board, and pin a note for each action item all over the board. And have a place to move completed tasks. But no plain boring bulletin board. I'm thinking a pretty quilted fabric board that I could pin the tasks to, and things would be pinned helter-skelter - not in straight lines or a grid (that's really important to what I'm trying to come up with)
- To hang up some string or yarn, clothesline style from my ceiling (yay home office!) Not just one straight line, but instead cris-crossing a few spider web style. And then use clothes pins to attach pretty slips of paper with each task. Maybe when I complete the task I could past it into a page of a to-do scrapbook for that day.
- A final thought I had was to have a jar or vase filled with some sort of sewed or crocheted balls that I could pin the task onto, and as I complete them, move them to a "completed" vase.
So that sort of gives you the idea of what I'm wanting to find. Have you used any sort of spatial and pretty to-do list? What was it? How did it work for you?
I can't wait to hear all of your creative ideas!