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Vox Hunt: To Do Today

Show us your To Do list.

A couple of years back, I adopted Gina from Lifehacker's todo.txt as the new way of managing my GTD next-action (to-do) list.  After getting it up and working on my computer, I started tailoring it for my own personal use, and ended up with a personalized copy that resides on my webserver.  The back end is still a text file, so I can use the command-line shortcuts to add, delete, cross off, prioritize, and search for items.  I can log into my shell account via SSH from any computer to update the list.

However, in addition to the text-based views of the information, I also wrote some php to display the todo list in a tabular format that could be printed to a single 8.5" x 11" piece of paper (for quick print-out), as well as a .pdf formatted to 3×5" index cards (one card per context) so I can continue to use my Hipster PDA system (when I have time to print new index cards at home).  This means I can also view my todo list from any computer with an internet connection and a web browser, without the need to have SSH on the computer.

My next revision of this whole thing, when I have some time, is to modify the web interface so I can also add, remove, update my todo list via the web browser.  This will be helpful in case I'm away from a computer with SSH for an extended period of time.

And for those of you asking "Why don't you just use an existing web-based todo list, like Remember The Milk?" – I like having total control over how I manage my todo list, as well as how I archive the items I've finished and crossed off.  I have a whole mechanism in place that takes my completed actions and moves them into something I can use to generate the inputs to my work's performance review (where I have to list major accomplishments I've done that year), and it comes in really handing to be able to grep my text-based archives to show exactly when I completed a task.  Plus, it's just fun to monkey around with this stuff and roll-my own solution.  That way, when I wish something was different so that it better suited my needs, all I have to do is make the changes myself.

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The DQ #51 – October 12, 2007

"Every time we got something into the camera it was as if we were saying to the 6 million ghosts — with a wry smile on our faces, and a sense of accomplishment — ''That's for you!''
    –Ben Kingsley, on shooting Schindler's List

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