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experiment in task management

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The week's tasks.

I thought it might be more satisfying to tear the tasks off the window, screw them up violently and hurl them into the bin instead of just ticking off a list in a book.

Now I just have to get on with them.

thats cool.

except the better you do with completing your tasks, the more distracted you'll be by the view outside the window....

9th Oct 2006, 19:17

Dhamaka says:

I posted it because Geodyne laughed when I told her about it.

So, M_F, you mean the view I see every day from my window? Why do you think there are so many shots of the sky on my blog :D

9th Oct 2006, 19:19

well exactly - its clearly a distraction :)

9th Oct 2006, 19:25

Dhamaka says:

happily so

9th Oct 2006, 19:26

spongevid says:

Heheh! that is a pretty good idea!
providing they're not rubbish post-it notes like I have had fall off because the glue on the back is rubbish!

9th Oct 2006, 19:26

Dhamaka says:

Thank you!
They're on at the moment - I'll let you know..

9th Oct 2006, 19:27

chris says:

Hehe. I see one on there for us - no rush though!


9th Oct 2006, 19:42

FilbertFox says:

i have lists written in pretty inks

9th Oct 2006, 20:16

Dhamaka says:

there is Chris, and there is a rush. Unfortunately. Tonight I hope to finish the urgent things (I hate that they have got in the way) and then tomorrow I can finally focus on the important ones.

FF - I did that for a while, then I decided that 'pretty' was taking too much time and just moved to lists. I'm still making lists of everything I've done in a day - there is so much left that if I didn't I would wonder where my day went.

I'm really looking forward to tearing some of these down :D

9th Oct 2006, 22:13

Sprocket says:

each note should meet a different ghastly end – a bit like Se7en but for Post-Its.

9th Oct 2006, 22:17

Dhamaka says:

nice idea. Maybe I'll burn one. hehe

9th Oct 2006, 22:21

DocD says:

If I did this I would spend all my time writing notes and I'd get no work dun

9th Oct 2006, 22:29

Sprocket says:

• build a little pyre and set light to one

• flush one down the loo

• eat one

• stick one on the sole of your shoe and grind it into the ground

• cover one in birdseed and let the birds peck it to pieces

• make a tiny plane of one and throw it off your roof

• make kitty pee on one

. . . I've probably given this way too much thought.

9th Oct 2006, 22:41

DocD - oh for the days when I could hold all my tasks in my head..

Sprocket - yes, they're beginning to sound altogether too time consuming

9th Oct 2006, 22:46

You're right. But it would make a great set of photos)

9th Oct 2006, 22:48

god bless the post it note - invented accidentally when 3m were testing new adhesives apparently

9th Oct 2006, 23:04

mtn_hermit says:

Sounds like you might find this interesting and/or useful:

9th Oct 2006, 23:23

Dhamaka says:


I couldn't use all that beautiful paper for task management. I'd use it for something else!

10th Oct 2006, 00:20

Jigalong says:

Is there a note that says "meet mad women". ROFL. Would make for an interesting time though.

10th Oct 2006, 02:02

walla_walla says:

wow! heavy schedule.... nice idea too.

10th Oct 2006, 02:10

Dhamaka says:

Mandy - hehe, coincidentally you were nearly right with the numbers! There were 44 things last night, now there are 42 :D
- lol - You are on form! Mike Lee paragraph! I have to do that one today, it's really important. The guy who was responsible for the PR messages regarding bringing the Olympics to London has said he will give me 10 minutes to see if he's interested in getting involved with finding me sponsors re the Argentina trip. I'm a bit nervous about that...

Jigalong - is the Mad Woman me? If so I'm touched and complimented that you recognise it from such a distance :D

Walla_Walla - you're not kidding... and thanks :-)

10th Oct 2006, 07:04

Jigalong says:

Post it sticker, 5 down, 2 across. What the writing for this one?

10th Oct 2006, 07:13

Dhamaka says:

the dance blog? When I've finished writing up the Dance Manifesto day (the official looking portraits I blogged) I want to write about my opinions of that, I also have something to write about missed opportunities (I had to give away a couple of commissions recently). I need to get people's interest back.

I have been incredibly lucky that I still got visits between May and October and am worried that if I don't give enough new material they'll stop coming - if that happened my one regular source of income would dry up which would not be good news..

10th Oct 2006, 07:21

I think you should spend some time today re-ordering the post-it note on the window. It will get you a great sense of achivement without actually achiving anything....

10th Oct 2006, 09:15

Right i have just sorted this for you.

Snail Mail- write to Nicky asking her to collect your bike, when she arrives with it you can talk to her about rather than calling her as you are watering the plants and she can take the book to Juliete on the way home..

That is today pretty much sorted, so now go out for lunch and do some shopping....

10th Oct 2006, 09:19

paintist says:

hehehe what SFG said....I was thinking the same thing :-).....

10th Oct 2006, 09:20

Salome NLI says:

That's great! I do the same with dry markers on my mirror - when I can't do my hair in the morning, it's time to make some calls... And some of yours are small easy things, which are always satisfying to tick off to. I always find that for me it's important to have some small, easily acheived 'to do's so you don't just have a big list of massive projects.

10th Oct 2006, 10:26

swamprose says:

Nice list. Have you watered the plants yet? I used to make responsible lists, and still do. But now I make lists of those silly things I always want to do but don't get done because I am so busy with the serious lists. Highly recommend a fun list as well.

10th Oct 2006, 15:47

Uber Spy says:

Such a great idea D!

10th Oct 2006, 16:05

afternoon says:

It's a very pretty way of organising. You might like to choose different colours for different priority tasks.

10th Oct 2006, 16:38

Dhamaka says:

*tries to remember SFG's instructions
- sorry, it's all too much and it won't fit on a post-it pad

parabolichobo - yes, I remember reading or hearing that. There is a special word for accidental or coincidental invention which I've completely forgotten

Salome - true, and the tearing-down-screwing-up-and-hurling-in-the-bin is every bit as satisfying as I imagined

swamprose - no time. 5 months in Argentina is a big enough fun thing to forego a few months of silly things.... Assuming I get there...

Mandy - I'm incredibly lucky he even expressed an interest! Just one more thing to go before I get on to that email..

Uber - thank you!

Afternoon - thank you too, but blue is my favourite colour, there are only two types of blue in my post-it note pack and the other colour is much too nice to use up on this. Besides which deciding on which task(s) are the most important of the day gives me the illusion of choice..

10th Oct 2006, 17:02

paintist says:

serendipity , noun the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way : a fortunate stroke of serendipity | a series of small serendipities. ( for parabolichobo )....
have you written a post-it for 'eat something', or 'relax'....time to write one I think.....

10th Oct 2006, 17:23

length says:

i love post-its -- enough to make you remember what the hell you were thinking but, sometimes, scrawled in shorthand so specific and vague enough that others give the warranted response of "huh?"

10th Oct 2006, 17:43

Dhamaka says:

paintist - there's another word too, or maybe it was two words

length - they seem to be doing well enough with mine!

10th Oct 2006, 20:00

Geodyne, NLI says:

*points and laughs*

I laughed because it's brilliant!

I probably need just one post-it, don't I....get not-busy enough that I can look at moblog again!

10th Oct 2006, 23:13

Dhamaka says:



10th Oct 2006, 23:13

get place cat ready?
when i was young i used to stick my mothers tampax onto the windows and draw little windows on them so they looked like aeroplanes. I don't suppose you'd need to employ that tactic as you haven't written much on the post-its! teehee :D

11th Oct 2006, 11:46

Dhamaka says:

You had quite an imagination when you were a child, didn't you!

That's one of the ones I've done. Yes.. I'm slightly allergic to cats so had to make sure that the bed and a sofa were protected from them and that there were no clothes or towels for them to sit on or brush against...

11th Oct 2006, 12:59

JokerXL says:

Nice idea D.
We have a blackboard in the kitchen. Cola writes up all the DIY jobs she thinks for me to do. As fast as I rub one out she puts up another!

12th Oct 2006, 18:47

Dhamaka says:

Thanks - I wish mine went like that - I've done 15 of them and added another 20...

12th Oct 2006, 19:35

JokerXL says:

Use a smaller window.

13th Oct 2006, 09:46