This is the first in a series about lists: tools for making them, ways of making more useful—even using them as creative tools. Check back tomorrow for more list goodness.
I don’t know about you, but the only way I can get anything done is by making lists. Otherwise, I’d lose track of all the ideas that flit through my brain.
Sticky notes are okay, but very unwieldy (that is, I can’t wield them.) If I don’t move them around constantly and re-write them, I am quickly buried under a horrible shade of yellow.
But recently, someone (I can’t remember who) turned me on to Ta-da Lists, another elegantly simple Web-based tool from the guys over at 37 Signals (innovators of Backpack and Basecamp and other project management tools).
Ta-Da Lists is basically one big bucket for all the lists you want to keep — both professional and personal — all in one place.
I keep mine open all day and just keep checking to make sure I’m on task.
- I can add to a list as a thought flits through my brain without stopping what I’m doing.
- I can edit and reorder the lists ad nauseum, as my priorities shift.
- I can share my lists with a colleague.
- I can send myself a copy of a list via email if I want it in my inbox.
Plus, I can check things off as I complete them, which is incredibly satisfying — better than chocolate.
And best of all, it’s free.
For a peek under the hood of my business, here is my list of lists:
- Today (for all the things I’m supposed to finish today, whichever day that happens to be. Must be updated daily.)
- Prospects to follow up on (because if I don’t keep track of those who take advantage of my free consultation, they may forget that Marketing Mentor is on their To Do list)
- People to meet with (so I don’t lose track of everyone who says, "Hey, we should have coffee.")
- Discuss with PT (Peleg Top, my business partner, because we have tons of great new ideas that could easily get lost)
- Discuss with Alan (Alan Seiden, my IT guy so I don’t forget those little things I want him to fix)
- MM Store products (because we want to keep growing the offerings in the www.Marketing-Mentor-Store.com)
- MM Blog ideas (because this is the only way to get in the habit of blogging regularly)
- Changes to MM web sites (for all those details people point out to me that I want to remember when we do the next revamp)
- Big picture projects (so I don’t lose sight of my long term goals)
And here’s a list of lists suggested for inspiration by the guys over at 37signals.
What kinds of things would you like to make lists of, if keeping track of the lists were no problem at all?
This is the first in a series about lists: tools for making them, ways
of making more useful—even using them as creative tools. Check back
tomorrow for more list goodness. —Mixmistress Colleen