How Do You Keep Track of Your Day-to-Day Tasks?

By Mark Micheli

November 21, 2012

It was an ugly scene: Scrawled post-it notes dotting the margins of a monitor, legal pads strewn about with half baked to-dos, intentionally unread emails in an overflowing inbox accented by a smudged whiteboard hanging on a wall in the corner. The ghastly scene was only made worse by one-off tasks etched in red ink on the back of a hand—a true mark of desperation if there ever was one.

This was me a few weeks ago in the midst of a few particularly stressful projects. I'd hit organizational rock bottom and realized I needed a fresh approach to tracking tasks.

Here at the Government Business Council (GBC), we’re all about scientifically sound research methodology. But not today. Today I’m presenting some crowdsourced, unscientific research. In search of some promising practices, I posed the following question to friends via Facebook:

“How do you keep track of your day-to-day tasks?”

Several comments later, I had a list of intriguing methods. From post-it notes and legal pads to Outlook and other digital solutions, everybody seemed to have a unique style of keeping on top of their day-to-day--many of which I'd never heard of or considered. 

With Thanksgiving giving us all a chance to step away from work, it’s the perfect time to reassess how you get, and remain, organized. To aid you in your self-assessment, I now present to you an unscientific look at the various tools people in my life use to track their daily tasks (share your own in the comments below):

And me? On my good days, when not scrawling on my hand, I make a checklist on a reporter’s pad and use post-it notes for spur of the moment tasks. To keep track of new ideas I use Evernote.

How about you? How do you keep your daily tasks organized?

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By Mark Micheli

November 21, 2012

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