A paper notebook like a moleskin can work, but so can a digital one you can see anywhere on any device. Options include Evernote, OneNote, Google, and a couple of other ideas shown here.
- When it comes to organizing your task list, a moleskin notebook can work. So can a digital solution you can access anywhere on any device, such as Evernote or Wunderlist, Outlook, Google, or many of the productivity apps available. Tracking your time in to-do lists is really a personal preference, but it also might be mandated by your company. Either way, when it comes to scheduling, you have to figure out what works for you. I personally have gone from a written to-do list to a digital one, but I really like both options whenever possible, simply because I enjoy physically writing something down.
I seem to remember something more when I write it down versus type it. And, I have to admit, I like crossing things off my list. But whether I'm using a moleskin, field notes, or a homemade journal, I split my list into categories. This concept works with any digital app you use as well. My to-do lists are driven by the schedules I need to pay attention to, and I split them into the following sections: emails, calls. These are the communications I need to make sure I do ASAP, so I can keep things moving on my projects. Top three things for today.
There are often more than three things, but these are the tasks on my list that have to progress. Also, having three things to get done is psychologically manageable. Set yourself up for success. If there is time. This is pretty much everything else that needs to happen in the order I think it needs to happen. This is probably my most actively managed list based on what I have the time for, or if something gets delayed or accelerated. As much as I enjoy writing things down in a notebook, the main reason I use a digital version for my lists, most of the time, is that I have found a greater peace of mind and better organization by actively managing my to-do lists throughout the day.
Doing this is just easier digitally versus on paper. It's still possible to accomplish on paper, of course, but I have found doing it electronically to be more convenient. I use Evernote, so everything is synced across devices. In order to be the most effective, this list needs to be paired with whatever scheduling and time tracking you do.
- Creating a balanced workflow
- Increasing productivity around tight timelines
- Delivering bad news early
- Determining when you are most creative
- Daily habits that help you win
- Working with easily distracted employees and team members
- Bringing clients into the schedule