It’s great that your to-do list manager can set tags, due dates and locations to your important tasks. Make it even better by having it show you the tasks that have slipped by or gone without due dates or labels.
This trick comes courtesy of Remember the Milk, but the methodology certainly applies to many other to-do/task systems. Rather than making your default view a list of today’s tasks or the highest priorities, set up a “Dashboard” tab that catches all the tasks that don’t have any due date or, optionally, tasks that lack a label, location or other context. Have that “Dashboard” also catch tasks that have long since passed their due dates, so you’re gently forced into doing something with them.
If you’re a Remember the Milk user, you’d get this kind of Dashboard by performing this search. If you’re not a fan of tags and labels, you can change the section in parentheses to simply “due:never”.
dueBefore: today OR dueWithin:”1 week of today” OR (due:never NOT (list:Buy OR list:Travel))
How do you ensure that fat fingers or occasional memory lapses don’t let your to-dos slip by? Tell us in the comments about your to-do system and how you reinforce it.
Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Use a “Dashboard” to avoid misfiling a task (or missing a deadline!) [Remember The Milk Blog]