My dream task management system is to get my system in place where I don’t have to think about what I could/should do but instead I just look at the appropriate tasks and then do those tasks.
That may sound incredible and unbelievable but my systems isn’t that far off. I’ve tried a wide variety of todo apps and now I have found a good one for me. By saving every task with a few key pieces of information and having a set of filters my system can do a pretty good job of telling me what to do at that moment. Saving me mental resources and insuring that right option is infringement of me.
It could be improved but the differ nice would be subtle.
The real issue I have is with the second part. Following through.
The biggest obstacle to my dream task management system
My system is set up to show me what I need to do when I need to/can do it. I know that in the morning when I first wake up I have a great opportunity to create something new and important but not urgent (before all the “urgent” email request/social media updates/work commitments etc come in) I know that at night is the perfect time for automatic jobs I don’t need to think about and so my system will suggest those tasks at those times.
And yet when I come to make that important but not urgent work, the resistance kicks in. My mind tells me that I can just check my email for five minutes or maybe I should do something else and not trust my system. And when it comes to night time the resistance tells me that there is time tomorrow and is much rather just relax.
Maybe your system could be improved, maybe you need a different app but probably you, like me, need to work more on overcoming the resistance.