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Goggle Play has a planner app for androids play.google.com/store/search?q=plann
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Also, see www.techtimes.com/articles/25417/201
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Jenny, is this app available on android? I couldn't find it.
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I need help with management and goals also. This thread motivated me to download an app on my phone called "Balanced-Goals & Habits Motivation." It looks really neat so far.

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So glad that you think it will be helpful! Keep me posted if you find additional tips/tricks that work for you. Always looking for additional ideas!

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Oh, wow! They have a lot more on their website than I saw on Amazon. I'm definitely going to try this out! My current system is really only working well for recurring tasks, and that would be a page I continue to print out and add in, but this does seem like it would work really well with what I know so far of the GTD system.

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www.levenger.com

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You definitely need the special hole punch to use for additional papers that you add in, but you can purchase their pre-punched paper. I too thought it was a bit pricey, but they offer deals pretty regularly. As far as getting the paper in and out, once it's punched, it's really easy. For me, it was just figuring out the order and placement for my different categories. I started with the started kit to see what it was like. Since, I've also purchase some of the big circles for project documentation at work.

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Is it easy to remove and add pages? I looked at it on Amazon and it definitely looked possible, although the hole punch is pricey, but with all those rings I thought it might be quite a chore. How does that aspect really work?

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Do you have Staples in Canada? The last time I was in Staple, I thought I saw a similar solution to Levenger.

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oooh, those Levernger notebooks look nice - but I'm in Canada and the shipping is more than the notebook - I'll look for a Canadian supplier.

I'm a notebook addict - I love paper and pens - it's almost an obsession.

Moleskine just came out with something that has different sections in it - Chapters - it's a bit small for me but I am thinking of taking one of the larger, thicker moleskines and putting tabs in it to make my own chapters - it still wouldn't allow for adding pages, though, so I'm not sure if it would be a complete solution - I'd have to have folders or something to go along with it.


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Agree with AnneMargar. Those are two very good systems. I was able to take Getting Things Done at work. It does have some serious up-front, but is manageable once you have it under way. My catch is the weekly check-in and getting to the processing of items.

Another recent find was Levenger notebooks. I work fulltime, am a Girl Scout leader for two troops, involved in a few things at church, etc. and was having a hard time merging work/home filing, calendar, etc. The Levenger notebook allows me to create sections for the different projects/areas of my life. What would happen previously is I'd end up with a bunch of my girls papers, minutes/notes from meetings, etc. shoved in my calendar.

Good luck and I'd love to hear any additional ideas that anyone else has! emoticon

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I too am very bad about tracking and tackling all of the to dos. I do ok at work where I keep a spreadsheet with one tab for recurring and short term items and another list with longer term to-dos.

It's at home where I'm very bad and have been thinking about reading GTD and implementing a system. I've been dating my boyfriend for 9 months and he has not seen my home. He told me that it's to the point where he doesn't want to admit that fact to someone because he thinks it's so weird that I haven't allowed him to my home. I really need to fast track and focus on, maybe not big rocks, but rocks that make the most noticeable difference!

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Oh, Knuckles! I'm really good at making lists, too - and never doing anything -



I know I have too many Big Rocks on my lists - and I'm just spinning in circles trying to decide which one to work on -- so I don't end up working on any of them.
I'm going to choose a big rock for this week and see if I can at least turn it into gravel.

Thanks!


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one of my problems that I have finally figured out about myself, is that I us making lists etc as a form of procrastination. working on it :)

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A_Bit_At_A_Time -- Your project could be "Basement" project or "Organizing House" project or "Spring Clean up" - whatever makes sense to you. According to GTD - a project is anything that has more than one step, otherwise it is simply a to-do. The "project" could be called "Stuff to Around the House". The situation you describe is two fold - 1) You identify that you need to clean that shelf in the basement, BUT 2) you don't have time to do it right now -- and it sounds like you are not making the time to do it (we all have this situation someplace in the house). When you put the todo on your list, you can give it a future date - say, Saturday morning when you have some "free" time. This way, you do not have to think about it every time you walk past - you will know that you have plans to work on the task on Saturday. Note -- perhaps the task is too big to complete in the time you have available on Saturday morning - don't let this stop you - start the task and if you need to - move the remainder of the project to another future date when you can tackle the rest.

In Franklin Covey terms -- "Clean the shelf" is a big rock. You must make space for the big rocks. You will always find time for the little rocks -- laundry, making dinner, etc. The problem with the little rocks is that take up space so that there is no time to do the big rocks. Plan for the big rocks and you will still be able to complete those simple little rocks that you always do.

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I make a list and cross things off as I accomplish them. Somethings take longer than others to cross off my list. The list at least reminds me of things I need to do rather than forget about it. Saves a lot of stress.
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so just need to bounce a question around

I have all these little things that are in the back of my mind that I have to do -

for instance, I go downstairs to do laundry and I pass by a shelf that I haven't reorganized in about 3 years and I think "I really should get that shelf reorganized" - and that thought sometimes crosses my mind three times in one day (depending how much laundry I'm doing)

how do I capture that sort of thing onto a list and get it out of my head - it seems if I just write this big long list of all the little things that it won't really serve a purpose - later I'll just have to scour through the entire list to find the things that I want to do when I feel up to doing them.

I'm almost tempted to just create a "Basement" list and write down all the things that bug me in the basement...and likewise, the kitchen, or the bathroom or

any opinions? would this serve a purpose or would it just be one more list that would get forgotten about?

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Thanks again for your comments! I'm right now, (literally - i have two tabs open on my laptop), reading two books - Time power by Brian Tracy and another one called Organize your life-Free yourself from clutter... I've read (and own) dozens of books but I keep spinning my wheels as far as getting a system in place to accomplish anything.

I'm starting to think that I don't have my goals defined clearly enough, so naturally I'm not making any progress. I need to force myself to carve out a morning to just figure out what it is I want to achieve and set some deadlines - and not until then can I worry about what system to use.

I do like that Toodledo tool - I just set up a few basic things to see how it works and I was happy to get my hotlist this morning. I like that you can put stuff in different folders and have things repeat endlessly. It looks like a good system - once I figure out what goals to enter!

and, yes, the little bits of stuff -- I keep finding notebooks with ideas and notes and little snippets of things...I do need a better system for capturing all that. I want to read The Now Habit because he approaches things (I think) from a different angle.

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A_Bit_At_A_Time -- I find myself in a very similar situation that you mentioned in your first post. I have piles of bits-and-pieces of stuff all over my home office -- great ideas for the Spring garden, a nice yoga retreat that I would like to go to one day in my life, etc. GTD teaches you to pick up the first item in your pile, note what it is/what is the to-do associated with it (or project), document that in your project management tool/to-do list and then move on to the next item. I like to use Evernote online to capture a picture of web pages or magazine clippings -- then in my todo list, I note that I have captured the information in Evernote. To "conquer" the todo list, once a week you should review your "inbox" (any items that have not been associated with a project or given a future due date and then decide what you should complete next.

I think the Covey system does a better job at helping you identify your goals and then understand what you should be focusing on as you go through your to-do list.

Would love to discuss any questions/insights you have as you progress on this journey. This is a journey that I am constantly attempting again and again.

Happy organizing!!

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Thank you ANNEMARGAR , for the in formation

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Oh, thanks for sharing that site! I like GTD but the thought of getting started and set up with it just made me shudder and procrastinate further - to do it online sounds a lot better. I'll dig out the book and re-read it. I've tried a couple of to-do-list sites but they haven't offered the features that I felt I needed. I'll take a look at this one. emoticon

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I am not a professional in this area by any means, but I will share what I know.

Two of the BIG books in this area that I have always heard are "Getting Things Done" by David Allen and "First Things First" or "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. They both tackle organization of time management in different ways. The thing I like about Allen's approach is that he likes to get all of the "little pieces of paper" down into one system - this way you know where to look for what you want to do. The system I have been using - which is free - is Toodledo.com (online). You enter all of your little pieces of paper into this sytem - you can assign them to a particular goal or project - you can identify if you will do them at your house or at the office and you can give them due dates. Toodledo even allows you to keep notes and associate them with goals or projects - though I like to keep my notes and webscreen clips in Evernote which also has a free web access.

I think Covey's system does a better job with helping you find what your true goal should be and then how to focus your time on the most important goals/projects for you.
Happy to share more advice or answer any questions.

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Me too, I need help in this area too emoticon

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I am interested in this too.

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Need suggestions for how to track a variety of projects with different goals (everything from decluttering my house to starting a blog)

I have all these pieces of paper and notebooks where stuff is written down - things I want to do, suggestions for how to do stuff, things I've learned from a course - but there are little bits here and there and all over

I don't have a good way to turn it all into goals and projects with deadlines and ways to track my progress

any suggestions for a good time/goal management system? or a book I should read?

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