My implementation of that approach is to do the following each month:
1. Export all my unfinished todo items older than 6 months.
2. Place that export alongside my other backups.
3. Then delete those items from my todo app.
That way, I limit my total mental clutter while retaining some peace of mind, since I know that I can get back to those items (I sometimes attach photos, notes, etc. to tasks) if needed. I never do.
Reinertsen really helps you appreciate the costs associated with queues (of which the TODO list would be a common form) and this seems consistent with the principles he advocates.
One key quote related to this that I am still trying to wrap my head around:
Few product developers are aware of the causal links between high capacity-utilization, queues, and poor economic performance. Instead, developers assume that their cycle times will be faster when resources are fully utilized. In reality, as we shall see later, high levels of capacity utilization are actually a primary cause of long cycle time.
So what's the reason explained by the book?
(My guess would be something along the lines of: high level of utilization lead to sudden peaks in load exceeding available capacity, and thus throwing a wrench in the process as you scramble to add capacity.)
Think of a bookcase. 100% means you can never add more books, and it also makes it very difficult to reorganize anything.
Backing up - and looking at it years later gives you a perspective on your thinking process in the past years
Delete - leaves lean set of Todos to focus on, without blogging down by laundry list of old things.
> I once read a statement attributed to Steve Ballmer that every six months, he tears his todo list in half and throws the bottom half away. If anything far down that list was actually a priority, it will naturally get re-added (by thinking of it again, in response to a customer, etc.).
Sounds like a useful script, care to share it here?
It's pretty much just a handy way to generate the filenames for vim. Oh, and it generates a git commit after vim closes.
All it takes is a pen and notebook.
So far the closest I've gotten is having a Google Doc, but it doesn't have the same flexibility that a hand-written notepad does (e.g. symbols, indexes, ease of writing/ access).
I also have a Samsung Note phone which is useful in the rare case I'm caught without a notebook or pen. I'll re-write any notes to my work notebook as needed.
Really helps me focus by removing clutter.
It might well be - the Vietnamese like to clean their house before Tết to start fresh into the new year.
However, I think other todo apps could use this as a great April Fool's joke to put people into a momentary panic to get them thinking about all the stuff they should have done. When they logged into the app they it would be blank with a "what happened to my stuff?" link which directs them to an announcement they allegedly received in email about the changes taking place and then after a minute it could revert with the April Fool's message. That might get people thinking about their procrastination.
It reminds me of https://complice.co/ each day you need to put in your new tasks but you get to review yesterday's incomplete items and pull them in. It has a lot of smarts built in and tell you you've pulled in the same task day after day and suggests you split it into smaller pieces.
Nice job shipping aswinmohanme!
“I was going to study convolutional neural networks today @ but instead bought milk”.
- you avoid clutter, tasks like "fix the squeaking door" which would otherwise stay at the bottom of your list forever are purged
- it forces you to prioritize tasks
- at the start of each day it forces you to consciously plan what you really need done, which is something one may want to be doing anyways to be more deliberate about what you spend your time on
That said, I would probably only use this for non-critical personal stuff rather than in place of trello or tracker.
- creates pressure to actually do the things on the list
- often things that end up on TODO lists shouldn't have been there. Natural pruning saves wasted time later
- add items to TODO lists is sometimes just a form of procrastinating - better just do the things than put them on a list. This is a nice middle ground for keeping track on a busy day
- long term goals aside, there's a lot of value in starting a day with "what do I want to get done today" and this would be a nice aide
But more importantly, why are you asking what the benefit is of a self-described "dumb thing"?
because more stress in my day job is exactly what i want. ... SO not.
To simulate a similar sense of uncontrolled urgency seems masochistic to me...
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