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cabbage

Posted: Jun 15, 2012
From Topic: The 'thought' context



I have a @Brainstorm context. If not, processing my inbox or my weekly review would take a very long time indeed! It's also best for me to do my brainstorming when I feel fresh, energetic, creative and am in a good mood. A pen and paper also helps.

Of course, for most projects, the next step is obvious as Canyon Russell says but my @Brainstorm context is invaluable for the rest!
cabbage

Posted: May 07, 2012
From Topic: Braindead Tip



Only because I use contexts for something else already. For example, many of my braindead actions are on my @Internet context but some are on my @Chores context. When I am feeling braindead, cutting out the mental overhead of sorting which is which is very important.

Since I posted, I've started using the Tag field instead. It's really versatile. I put the person's name in it for @Agenda and @Call items. Or the location for @Out&About. Or I tag zzz for out and about actions. I was reluctant to add another field to my system but the utility I get out of tags makes them worthwhile!
cabbage

Posted: May 05, 2012



For this, I either use tags, add the task twice (once for each context) or just choose one context to put it in.
cabbage

Posted: May 04, 2012



You can change the notes icon placement in your settings, and there is a button near the top that lets you resize the columns. Should be pretty quick to fix!
cabbage

Posted: May 02, 2012
From Topic: URL Links



On my browser, the left mouse button opens links in the current window and the middle button opens links in a new tab. Why would you want to break that behaviour?
cabbage

Posted: Apr 27, 2012
From Topic: Notebooks vs Folders





This message was edited Apr 27, 2012.
cabbage

Posted: Apr 27, 2012



Have you tried setting the start date?
cabbage

Posted: Apr 27, 2012



No problem. Thanks for the reply!
cabbage

Posted: Apr 27, 2012



I've just fallen fowl of the character limit on tags. I'm going to see about abbreviating my tags so I can pack more in. However, I was wondering if extending the limit would be a quick job for the Toodledo developers.
cabbage

Posted: Apr 17, 2012



I should maybe mention if you use "repeat from due date" for a task that has no due date, it repeats from the start date. That's a really handy but poorly documented feature.
cabbage

Posted: Apr 17, 2012



Certainly:

Clean bathroom
Starts: Mar 31
Context: @ Chores @
Due: no date
Repeat: Every 1 week

This is a proper clean. I also put bleach down the toilet every day and clean up mess as I see it. You can see it's a little overdue just now. That's because I have been on holiday and am just getting back into the swing of things. If I do it tonight, it will reappear a week from now when it is due to be done again.
cabbage

Posted: Apr 17, 2012



Here is what I do:

These tasks go into a context called chores. It keeps them separate from one-off jobs around the house.

Only one is time critical: taking out the bins so that starts every each Wednesday (repeating form due date) and finishes on the same day (bins are collected on Thursday). If it ever goes red, I feel a little ashamed and make sure I don't forget next week!

The rest don't have due dates but they repeat on completion. If I'm late changing the bedsheets, there is no use playing catchup. Just change them and start the cycle again. The "repeat on completion" does this automatically for me.

I also have my own hotlist in a saved search which includes among other things all recurring tasks that have already started. This way, they appear on my hotlist even without a due date.

There is only so much you can automate your life but something that helps motivate me is the start date. If I have a weekly task that started a month ago, I'm really overdue!

One thing I don't use is the "optionally due on" setting. It sounds cool but for me that stands out as a task I don't need to care about. I have to check off all my tasks, either to say I've done them, that I no longer want to do them or to be aware I've missed a deadline (which can be OK if it's an optional deadline) .
cabbage

Posted: Apr 16, 2012



No problem.
cabbage

Posted: Apr 16, 2012



Sounds like you got really busy all of a sudden, but only for a couple of days. Maybe you don't have time to mess around with settings just now. How about using the multi edit feature to give all these tasks a marker tag? You can then use the filters to hide them from view and sort out the mess when your schedule frees up.
cabbage

Posted: Apr 16, 2012



I heard about it on one of the threads here. It's got a lot of great ideas that I think I might tap into.
cabbage

Posted: Apr 16, 2012



If you don't want to schedule a big clear out task, maybe Google "fly lady 27 fling boogie."
cabbage

Posted: Apr 16, 2012
From Topic: Template Functionally



Glad you like it!
cabbage

Posted: Apr 16, 2012



With the greatest respect, you can't. There are 24 hours in the day and that's that.

That said, here are some tips that work for me:

My list is never empty so I just have to be comfortable with putting it down and chilling it out. Just because something is on a list doesn't mean it's more important than taking time for myself.

If I am pressed for time I hire tradesmen for DIY jobs.

I think carefully about accepting responsibilities. Do I really have time for them? Right now I am writing up a PhD and moving house as well as some freelance programming work and one evening a week teaching martial arts. You can bet I'm telling a lot of people "no" right now!

On a similar note, I'm happy to renegotiate my responsibilities. A quick call to say I have to delay that thing I promised goes a long way. People are usually OK with that. It's when you just fail to do stuff that they get annoyed.

Anyway, there are a few things that work for me. I hope there is something useful there for you!
cabbage

Posted: Apr 16, 2012
From Topic: Template Functionally



It's already possible. I have a Template context (folder would work too). In there is a "Going on holiday" checklist and a "back from holiday" checklist. All the items are subtasks. Whenever I need one I copy the parent task and voila, an instant working copy.
cabbage

Posted: Apr 15, 2012



How about just use one account and use the Tag field to say which family member has each task?
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