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David Allen: Handy lists to maintain

The David Allen Company [Cool/convenient lists to have]

David Allen’s suggestions for lists that are handy to keep around.

A few of my favorite ideas of his:

  • Might wanna buy… - could be one mega-list, or (more commonly) grouped by the type of thing it is: cds, cigars, wines, books, videos
  • Might wanna do when… - possibilities when you’re in a certain location or doing a certain activity. By city, country, or region (things to do/think about when I’m in Napa Valley, London, Santiago.) Or by activity (Web surfing places to visit.)
  • Quotes - “Cool Quotes - where I can jot down quotations I come across that I like.” (Joel Millican)
  • Restaurants - for business or pleasure, to review for ideas instead of same-old same-old.
  • Style or product numbers I may need when I’m buying things - oil filter, vacuum cleaner bags, labeler cassettes, etc.

I have many of these myself and more (broken stuff, skills to learn, personal Oblique Strategies, etc.), all kept in plain text, natch, which makes it easy to quickly append to them with Quicksilver.

I then sync all my text files to a thumbdrive every week or so. Provides a quick backup as well as a nice way to have emergency access when I’m away from my own computer.

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Quotes - “Cool Quotes -...

Quotes - “Cool Quotes - where I can jot down quotations I come across that I like.??? (Joel Millican)

I put these in a page-a-day-type bound calendar book, on the day that I encounter the quotation - and then I reuse the same book every year! I've been accumulating "quotes of the day" for years now, and on most days I have at least one quotation to reflect on and remember. (The modern incarnation is putting these in my calendar software, repeating every year on the same day.)




An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


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