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I recently bought the eBook of Ryan Holiday's "The Obstacle is the Way", which I can highly recommend. It condenses some of the lessons of Stoicism, and from inspiring individuals in history, and applies them to ...

Index Card To-Do List

Paper Based, Simple

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We're a big fan of to-do systems that use email, since most of your tasks will arrive, and be completed, within email anyway. Previously we posted a method of using Gmail's Starred emails, and Gmail Tabs, to set up a ...

Minimal Gmail Star Method

Email, Mac systems, Online, Simple

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    When we are making up our own, often hacked together, to-do systems, one of the problems can be: how do we get certain parts of our workflow to "speak" to each other? For instance, how to we get ...

A Screenshot To-Do System

Email, iPhone, Mac systems, Simple

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To-do lists that use your email are great, as email is where most of your new tasks will come from. Keeping jobs there can potentially be the ultimate frictionless to-do list. Unfortunately, we are still in the very ...

Starred Emails in a Separate Tab

Email, Mac systems, Online, Simple

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This week I thought I'd write a slightly different post than the usual ones focusing on one, new system. I thought it might be interesting to cut to the chase (years after people's chase, in some cases), and survey ...

Pictures of To-Do Lists That Work!

Paper Based, Simple

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Productivity junkies will know the very unproductive habit of forever passing tasks from one app into another. If you think about it, this should be no surprise. App makers (like drug companies) operate under a ...

Using Plain Text Files as To Do Lists

iPhone, Mac systems, Simple

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We all know that we are told to make our to-do lists as detailed, 'actionable', and broken down into manageable chunks, as possible. So we all write down well thought out next actions into our lists. Or do we? Think ...

Deliberately Vague Lists

Simple, Unusual

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Timer-based to-do lists have been around for a long time. If you are interested in personal efficiency you will no doubt have heard of the Pomodoro technique, which uses an egg timer to encourage working in focused, 25 ...

Burning Money

Gamification, iPhone, Simple, Unusual

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We all keep many types of lists, even if in our heads: our life priorities, our current objectives, our lifelong goals. More than likely we also neglect just as many of these lists! This is a method which can help keep ...

The All-In One System

iPhone, Mac systems, Paper Based, Simple