This past month I took a look at my productivity and decided to make some changes. A big change? Using a paper to do list everyday (because those craved stone lists are too dang heavy).
Digital To Do Lists
I’ve tried a fair amount of to do list apps, programs, and reminder parrots over the years. Did they work? Yes, but usually not for long. I’ll be all about using them for a few weeks, give or take, and then I forget to use them ever again (or they just fly away, in search of crackers when it comes to the parrots).
I even tried emailing myself tasks so I see them first thing in the morning when I check my email. Again, this works, at first, but I never really stick with it.
Part of the problem, or perhaps the entire problem is I use my phone for so many different things (texting, browsing, cat photos, social media, streaming music, not getting phone calls). I needed something dedicated to keeping me on task.
And since my mom lives 90 minutes away, I needed to find something else.
Going Old School
I liked keeping to do lists in my sketchbooks before, and those definitely helped, tucked between drawings of dinosaurs and robots. However, this method had its own problems. First, I ended up drawing all over the page containing my to do list. Second, as I filled up pages with drawings and notes, I moved further and further away from my to do list.
Like a character on Lost with a non-speaking role, my to do list would get left behind and totally forgotten about.