I'm completely new to Toodledo and I will start exploring this forum on how to most effectively use it but can anyone point to a strategy (link) that is one of the popular ones here that I can look into and save hours of research.
Well, I like mine the best (just a coincidence, I think), which is in the Tips & Tricks forum under "My Trusted System", along with other almost-as-good :) approaches.
My advice - start simple, select only the fields you really have to have, then add as needed. Read the forums on a regular basis, and search them when you have a question. Then, if you don't find what you need, post for a solution.