No doubt about it - I`m a list man. Can`t live without one. Been a list guy before personal computers - they just made it easier for me. But my hand-written list still does the best job. I think by hand-writing, it sticks in my brain better - several opportuinities for the info to make its way into the main harddrive - the brain. Seems to be more sticky that way. Always re-aligning the lists. Always have different lists - work, home, trips, shopping - whatever. Have a small magnetized white board on the frig to record food supplies we need - makes for a more efficient grocery shopping trip. Some people call it anal - I call it keeping your sh-t together.
I second Richard: hand lists are the best (my friend calls me the to-do list girl:))
But I also find Microsoft Outlook calendar to be great! It gives you many options for adding events and viewing them by day, week, month, etc....you can keep track of what happened and what will...you can have recurring events reminders (birthdays, anniversaries - I even have a "pay office rent" one !)....you can have reminders for your events and color tag them based on importance, needs preparation, etc... you can invite others to an event......and many other options...check it out!
This is the Microsoft world option (enough marketing eh? Will MS give me a free software for that? )
If you are an open-source person there are some projects out there...there is one calendar that integrats with Thunderbird (the microsoft outlook open-source option) but it is not as efficient as MS Outlook.
So everyday in the morning, I check my calendar day or week but it is always better to have a month view. I also get reminders for my current, overdue and close events...
Hope that helps,
Joel - good ideas on the measurement of task completion - I do that but not as scientifically as you - I could learn something from your suggestions.
Glad you mentioned fitness. You`re right. Needs to be scheduled. My wife and I have been walking 2 miles every morning for the past 8 years - best thing we ever did for ourselves. Found by starting the day off this way, we rarely miss because of other commitments, etc. Plus, it`s cool in the summer and always quiet - great time to reflect and get things lined up in the main harddrive for the tasks at hand that day.
First of all i`d like to say hello to SUN members out there and say thank you ahead of time. I am in the process of writing up my business model and i understand that this is the first critical step in starting my own business. What i am concerned with is the process of getting financing, leasing and accounts. I am planning on opening a streetwear boutique but i`m not sure of what steps to take after completing my business model. The company that owns the location i would like to lease from needs to see my business model before they invest anymore time with me. I don`t want to sign a lease agreement if i can`t guarantee what products i can supply my store with. In the same token i can`t get a supplier to open a account if i can`t prove i have a store front? Do i focus on getting a location before i start worrying about being able to open accounts? If anyone has personal experiences i would love to hear them.