Taming the To Do ListBy
I am a list person. If it isn’t on a list, the chances of it getting done are slim to none. So, it is Monday and I am faced with another clean slate – a whole week to accomplish the things I need and want to get done.
Like Wendy, my list of things that need to get done will not fit in a single day this week. I need a little more wiggle room. In the past I have used my Excel spreadsheet template to list tasks by client (get a blank template here), but I am finding that my scheduling needs are evolving.
I haven’t abandoned my spreadsheet yet, but I am testing out two new tools this week. One is a free (with an inexpensive upgrade) task management program called HiTask and the other one is Microsoft Outlook 2007 (I know, I can’t believe I am considering this either).
HiTask is a free web-based tool that is super easy to use. You do not have to give them any information about yourself in order to use it – you just create a user name and password – that’s it.
You can track tasks, set up meetings, create reminders, keep notes, and track birthdays with their very easy to use interface. The only drawback is that with the free version you can only keep track of 5 tasks at a time and you can only share your calendar with 3 friends. The premium version is only $15 per year if you want the upgraded functionality.
MS Outlook 2007 is also very slick, but I am having a hard time giving up my Mozilla Thunderbird for email. If I use Outlook, then it will synch with my Treo phone and I can have all my appointments, meetings, contact information all up to date and correct on both devices.
What works for you? I want to know!!
And, I will be posting my Monday Motivation list at some point, but I have an appointment now – my Treo alarm is calling me!