I have kept a to do list since my freshman year in college. Back in those days I had a Dayplanner and updated my list weekly, checking things off daily . . . I still have lots of little boxes of Dayplanners somewhere the system looked liked this, and I loved it.
Those who know me know that I am now a laptop girl. And annually Apple seems to be making my organizing easier . . .
I love how their programs are all integrated with one another and I use them interactively:
If you send me an email about an updated phone number, I can click on the number and it will update it in my address book with a click. If you send me a time to meet you at Starbucks, I can click on the time and it will add the event to my calendar. If you were so kind as to invite Andrew too, I can add his name to the event and it will add the event to his calendar and send him an email . . . it is lovely!
However. I do not love Apple’s “To Do’s” and I do not use them. I am waiting for them to advance.
Here is how I keep track of my to-do’s . . .
Back in the day before iCalendar, I briefly had a Palm Pilot, they have always had a great to do list and I use it to this day . . . You can download it here
Here is what I love about this program:
1. I can color code my to do’s
2. And I can add a reoccurring to do (it automatically has “Email Meema” every Tuesday, as that is the day my grandmother and I touch base)
3. Ending Dates – That reoccurring event can just be on my calendar forever (like with Meema) or there can be an end added, like when I know the school year will come to an end and I no longer need to write a summary of my time with Oscar Rasco
Let me articulate that I no longer have a Palm, and this is not integrated with anything else on my computer, but I love the functionality and am holding out until I find something better and I so hope that will be on Apple soon.
I always encourage my students to find whatever works for them.
This is where I keep my to do’s. It is open throughout my day. And I love checking things off, often.