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Projects, esp. someday/maybe

This probably should go in the lofi discussion, but I decided to put it here so people can share various methods.

I've just returned from the office supply store where I picked up a couple of thousand index cards. (I'm going to be using them for various projects, not just this.)

For the first time I feel like I can get a better handle on my "projects," because I intend to put a single project on each index card and file in my card file. A 3x5 just feels so much more compact and manageable to me, especially those things I can't work on right now. I haven't decided exactly how to organize them. Probably by contexts -- @ home (projects to be done around the house), will be kept separate from projects like @ family (things I want to do for my mom or kids) or whatever.

I already have separate file drawers for my work -- writing and teaching, so I guess they'll each have their own collection of someday/maybe cards at the back, too.

Anybody else?




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