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Sorry Jeff, but this might be good advice for people without much to do or with photographic memories, but I find this to be generally really bad advice for most people. Now, I'm not a TODO app snob or a productivity evangelist - I'll just say this - your wetware is good at a lot of things, but keeping track of lots of small details and future deadlines isn't one of them. One of the best things I ever did was read David Allen's book, Getting Things Done, but not for the reasons you might think. The main thing I remember from that book is the simple advice to have a "Trusted System" - one place to put all the things that are rattling around in your brain so they stop rattling around in there. If you hold on to stuff that you can't or aren't doing but need to remember, then it causes you stress. If you have a place where you always put those things then you don't have to keep remembering to do them. You just input them into your "trusted system", and that's it. Then, decide what you're going to do and know that anything else that comes up can go there until it's time to do it. I understand the notion of rejecting faddy, gimmicky apps that claim to solve all your problems, but the truth is that the brain isn't good at some things which is why it's worth taking some time and investing in a tool that relieves your stress. If your TODO list causes you stress, you're doing it wrong. But don't through out the baby with the bath water. Your TODO list is supposed to be a pensieve (thank you JK Rowling!), not a conscience.
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What do you need to do today? Other than read this blog entry, I mean. Have you ever noticed that a huge percentage of Lifehacker-like productivity porn site content is a breathless description of the details of Yet Another To-Do Application? There are dozens upon dozens of the things to choo...
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