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I don't think it's a question of whether or not to keep a TODO list because having more than one thing to do means you have a TODO list. The list may only exist in your mind, but you have one. What I get Jeff railing at is that it's too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that some technology or technique is going to magically turn your mental TODO list into hyper-productivity. That's never going to happen. If your mental TODO list is chaotic then you're not going to be able to tame it with technology. You need to tame it first and then use technology to augment where your brain fails you. Even simple technology like pencil and paper can make your TODO list persistent, something that your brain isn't very good at doing. Software with reminders turns your TODO list from polling (going over it periodically to find the next thing to do) to event driven (being notified when the next thing is up). Software can also help you store meta data with your TODO list, e.g. the URL where the information is or the phone number of the contact. These are all things that a TODO list outside your head can help with. Productivity porn is really putting the cart before the horse. Get your TODO list organized before you search for technology. Or, more realistically, start simple (pen and paper) and only go to the next step when your TODO list is ready for it.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2012 on Todon't at Coding Horror
I don't write things down so I can remember them. I write them down so I can forget.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2012 on Todon't at Coding Horror
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