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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Maintaining task balance

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by Emily Boyd

Bogged down with work tasks? Overrun by errands? This helpful tip shared by RTM user i3aj3 will ensure that you maintain balance in your task lists.

Mind, Body, Spirit, Other Lists

I have 4 task lists: Mind, Body, Spirit, & Other. Every task in a particular list is tagged with an eponymous tag. With this arrangement, I can quickly see every morning if my Today smart list is 'balanced'. If it isn't, I can add another task from one of my categories to make sure I'm hitting every category every day.

Of course, it all depends on what type of balance you're trying to strike. You could ostensibly try to balance your creative work, your analytical work, and your menial tasks. The possibilities are endless. And since you can have multiple tags, this could work in conjunction with the resource tagging system that was recently posted.

The strength of this system is that it helps you avoid ONLY doing what you need to do and forces you to do things you want to do. Since you only get around to doing the things you make time for, this system helps you make time for all the things you want to do.

Happy RTMing!

Thanks for sharing this tip, i3aj3! You’re our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week. :)

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