[kwlug-disc] Todo Lists and task management

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 19 17:12:21 EDT 2010


What kind of notes are you referring to?

I use a wiki for my project management notes. There I keep the following:

- Technical status page
- Status page for the business
- Meeting minutes
- Communications with vendors
- Release notes
- Issues and ideas
- Links to document libraries for more formal documents (Charters, Recommendations, Change grids, etc)

Even though I have > 200 pages I get to anyone of them with no more than 2 clicks.

Raul Suarez

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--- On Fri, 3/19/10, Andrew Cant <acant at alumni.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:

> From: Andrew Cant <acant at alumni.uwaterloo.ca>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Todo Lists and task management
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Friday, March 19, 2010, 4:53 PM
> I have been using vim-outliner <http://www.vimoutliner.org/> for my
> recent project management.
> Plus a syntax file that highlights some GTD related tags.
> 
> As other have mentioned I really like the simplicity of
> text files.
> 
> However, I have been thinking about using something like
> ikiwiki or
> jester to get my files into the "cloud".
> 
> 
> Kyle, I think that might be similar to what you are doing
> with Lion.
> 
> Has anyone else used a wiki or wiki compiler for project
> management/notes?
> 
> 
> Andrew
> 
> 
> 
> On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM, Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
> wrote:
> > Is anybody else keeping an electronic todo list? Are
> you finding it
> > effective? I'm trying to get a feel for what works for
> everybody. I
> > haven't found anything that works great for me yet,
> and typically have
> > spent more time managing tasks than just doing them
> (My tasks span
> > everything from "Update package dependancies for new
> version" to
> > "Build a deck before winter (deferred from 2009)" with
> the odd "Sell
> > awesome project for billion dollars before 2012"
> thrown in for fun).
> >
> > My requirements are pretty simple:
> > - Priorities
> > - Notes for each task
> > - Simple data store I can parse with scripts (e.g. for
> display in
> > conky, count tasks completed last week to guilt me
> into doing more
> > this week)
> >
> > Things I would prefer, but are not critical:
> > - Due dates
> > - Completion dates
> > - Dependancies
> > - Task recurrence
> >
> > I had been using a plain text file with vim, but I
> find that once I
> > add a few notes under each task it becomes a pain to
> get a task
> > overview, I have to drop to a shell and grep. The
> other downside is
> > that it is computer/console-only, so i have no ability
> to add or
> > review tasks from my phone.
> >
> > I've just started to switch again, and before failing
> to adapt to a
> > new process (or get such process to adapt to me) I
> figured I would at
> > least see what others are using. Somebody else *must*
> be doing
> > something better. There is so much software out there
> to tackle todo
> > lists ("Getting things Done" seems to be all the rage
> lately), but it
> > all seems to fall flat in one area or another, whether
> it is a backend
> > format that needs a million lines of code and five XML
> libraries to
> > parse, or a complex interface that is a pain to use
> (thus I will
> > "update it later"), or stuck to a specific device that
> I won't always
> > have around.
> >
> > The current plan I'm considering is using an email
> inbox with a unique
> > address. It gives me a create date, subject, and notes
> (message body).
> > I get an outline in my email client, and can open
> specific tasks to
> > review. I've always got evolution open anyway, and it
> is an interface
> > I am already accustomed to. My mail is pulled to
> maildir on my
> > workstation, so I effectively have all the simplicity
> features I had
> > with the text file. It does give me comparable support
> on my phone and
> > any computer I can access my webmail. It doesn't give
> me due dates,
> > completion dates or dependancies though, and my
> priority range would
> > be limited to important/normal.
> >
> > So the email option looks rather favourable since it
> seems to strike a
> > balance of simple and hit most of the features I want.
> But Todo lists
> > should not be that hard, and the general rule I follow
> is "If you need
> > to invent something simple, somebody smarter has
> already done it
> > better". So, back to the original question: What is
> everybody else
> > using, and do you find it effective?
> >
> > --
> > Chris Irwin
> > <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
> >
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