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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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It's a fair question to ask a productivity junkie what systems they use themselves. And while I love my system like a friend (it has taken years of research to find one that has stuck), I was cautious in posting it here, ...

Paper + Mind Map + Smartphone

Email, iPhone, Mac systems, Paper Based, 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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Here's a possible paradigm-shifting idea: what if the very idea of a to-do list is flawed? Think about it... a to-do list can never be complete. New things are coming at us every second. And the very idea of a list ...

Keeping a ‘Not To Do’ List

Simple, Unusual

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This to-do system uses basic psychology to succeed where other systems fail. It is worth trying, even if just to gain a better understanding of how your mind resists and accepts different things to do. This system ...

Easy Bribe System

Gamification, Simple, Unusual

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This is a system I developed in 2011, to bring a sense of fun and flexibility to my work day. This system uses regular playing cards a black marker. Instructions 1. Buy a nice set of playing cards, that have ...

Playing Card System

Paper Based, Unusual