I’m revising my to-do process again. My employer cancelled its full-time work-at-home program, so I need to use web-based tools, so I can get to them from work and home.
- I have 20-30 active projects (‘cases’) at work. (“Projects” in the normal sense, not in the GTD sense.)
- Dropbox and Evernote are blocked by the firewall at work because work doesn’t like “file sharing” sites.
- I have a tendency to carry items on my task list that I’m not really committed to completing. (i.e. I’m over-committed.)
Primary tool: Nirvana
- Everything is sequential - unless manually Active Starred
- You don’t have to put all your projects actions on the Next lists – just the ones that you’ll worry about, or you won’t do without this reminder.
- Having a short list of actions to choose from helps ensure that you make progress on the important things that matter “right now.”
- Don’t use Nirvana for tracking what I did. Put that stuff elsewhere. Nirvana is just for doing.
- Occurs Friday, Saturday, or Sunday afternoon. If I don’t get it done Friday or Saturday, Sunday’s is a must-keep appointment.
- For each project, spend some time thinking about the project as a whole. What is the project goal? What is the project status? Is it moving forward? What have we accomplished? Review all sub-projects.
- Adjust technique to address what worries you most. The goals are to get stuff off your mind and to work on the right things.
- Visit each task and ensure it complies with Task Urgency, Task Decomposition and Tags - documented elsewhere on thispage.
- Is the Someday list too long? Do I need to add tags for undecided and not-doing?
- Star: Today. Committed to work on this today and to stay up late if necessary.
- Next: This week. Consequential if I don’t work on it this week. (This week = through Monday after my next weekly review.)
- Later: Soon. Not this week, but genuinely committed to get it done or expensive if not done. Use a due date to drag it back to consciousness if appropriate. (Due date = the date to consider moving it to Next, not the genuine deadline.)
- Someday: Maybe. Look at it again in a month. Use a due date to drag it back to consciousness if appropriate. (Due date = the date to consider moving it to Next, not the genuine deadline.)
- Sub-projects: Create a “task” under the project, and use Nirvana “inline checklist” for subproject tasks. If I’m ready to work a checklist item, move it up a level (make it a task in the main proj). [When do I mark it complete in the checklist?]
- Next-actions must be fully decomposed.
- kpk (area)
- att (area - use this only for things that my employer wants, or things that impact my performance review or resume)
- rec (covers personal intrinsically enjoyable and work-don’t-wanna-do-anything-productive)
- subproj (this item is a sub-project, contained within a parent project)
- Maybe use “undecided” and “not-doing” tags for Someday?
I used Stylish to
- Rename Later to Soon.
- Rename Someday to Maybe.
- Rename Focus to Today.
- Rename Next to This Week
See attached file.