On notes and checklists

A couple of weeks back Matt Guevara posted this:

I chuckled, because this is especially true for me. I’ve come to accept that whenever I remember something I need to do, I have roughly two minutes to write it down or it’s gone and it won’t come back until someone asks me, “hey, did you do that thing?”

listI can often trace the usefulness of my day back to whether I spent ten minutes making a to-do list or not at the beginning of the day. Usually my lists starts with just a couple of things, but before long I’ve thought of 10 different things (usually small and easily forgotten) that I need to get done. If I skip this step, I’ll find myself unfocused in the middle of the day, or I’ll come home and kick myself when I think of several things that I really should have accomplished at work. Not having an elephant brain is no fun.

To combat my “non-elephantine” mind, I’ve started using a handy tool called Wunderlist. It’s a really simple to-do list app that syncs up to every device you have, is easy to use, and is free! Of course there is no shortage of to-do list apps, so find one and put it to use. After all, we’re all human, we all forget to send that one email. That’s why doing nothing but making a list is usually one of the biggest productivity tools I have.

What about you? What do you use to make lists? Any tips?


  1. A good reminder to get back to using a to-do list app. I use one called “Clear” on my iPhone. Very simple.

  2. If you want to set-up repeatable checklists and routines you can use this web application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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