I’ve been through all the task, checklist, and to-do apps out there. Evernote is supposedly working on one but until then I’ve found a nice workaround in my notebooks. Each day I create a note for tomorrow in my daily journal notebook. These notes are places for me to put one line items about what happens each day. If I make a phone call, have a meeting, or need to expand on what happens I link the one line to a new note.
How I’ve begun using Evernote as a checklist is to make up the list of thing I would like to do the night before then that day’s note has my list. On February sixth for example, when I woke up and had an hour to work I wanted to complete those seven things. Usually I try to have only four things there but some of them were simpler and required less time.
Then I also try to plan my day. I’ve also found that when accounting for travel times my Google Calendar doesn’t have enough details for me. For busier days then I’ll make up a list of things I need to do and when I need to do them. For this note, my meeting at work didn’t begin until 4PM but I had to leave my house at 245PM so I could do other things before my meeting. Same thing with going to church that night.
I once read an article about a new mother who was finishing law school and writing a book and she said that her number one productivity tip was to have her laptop out with a cup for coffee in the morning along with her list of three things to do right away. That way, when she woke up her list was prioritized and she was less likely to drop into Facebook for five minutes – which really means fifteen.