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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Getting (and staying) limber

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

Stretching and light exercise is very beneficial, and certainly possible at a computer with a short break, but it's easy to get focused and to forget to ever do it. This week's tip, shared by milkiglo, removes that obstacle — and also suggests the possibility of taking your stretching with you with our mobile apps!

I wanted to remember to stretch routinely so I made a repeating reminder with a few YouTube links to stretching.

I have a standard 'go to' yoga video link, which I place in the URL field. As well, in the notes field I have several specific video links with headings like 'Back Yoga', '20 Minutes'.

When I am ready I open the task on my device, tap stretching routine and it opens the video to follow along with. Short while later I am feeling limber and looking forward to what's next.

Pro Tip! Throw it up on the big screen with Airplay (Apple TV and iPhone, iPad or Mac OSX 10.9) or an Android phone and Android TV dingus.

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: A more encouraging 'Today' Smart List

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

Sometimes it can feel like you'll never get through today's tasks or, even worse, that you haven't gotten anything done all day! To help with that, this week's tip, shared by taylor.andrew, suggests a quick addition to your Smart Lists to keep your day in perspective.

Ages ago I set up my Smart List for Today's Tasks:

due:today OR dueBefore:today

Dead easy, and nothing wrong with it. But a friend introduced me to Ben Franklin's philosophy of getting things done, and as well as "What Good Shall I Do This Day?", he asks "What Good Have I Done This Day?". So now my Smart List is this:

completed:today OR (status:incomplete AND (due:today OR dueBefore:today))

It's exactly the same — except that if I click the "2 completed" link at the bottom, I see the list of things I've done today. It's encouraging when it's 5PM and I still have a bunch of things to do, and it's good for taking stock at the end of the day, if that's how you roll. (Personally, that part doesn't do anything for me but I hear it's a thing.)

The nice part is, it does it without creating an extra list — I have enough lists already — and you can apply the same basic idea to almost any Smart List you use.

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: A comfortable set of lists and Smart Lists

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

The "complete" methods we share for how fellow users organize their tasks and lists tend to be quite thorough. This week's tip, shared by dbblues, is comparatively simple: he aimed for a simpler set of lists, Smart Lists, and tags to keep everything organized across his apps.

Thought I'd share how my RTM is organized after a good few years of playing with different approaches, many stolen from this forum. The most effective and easiest to use format for me has emerged (thus far) as follows.

  1. Four Smart Lists, each linked to an RTM priority level. These I label as Must, Should, Could and Wait. They correspond to priority levels 1, 2, 3 and none. Aside from the Inbox, these are the only lists I show in tabs.
  2. A regular list for each project. These I prefix with a '+' so they show up first in my Task Cloud.
  3. A set of five tags relating to the kind of action each task calls for: 'arrange', 'explore', 'prepare', 'review', and 'sendout'. These seem to capture most of my project activities. I used to use 'delegate' sometimes, but that just seemed to one form or aspect of 'arrange'.

The combination of these Smart Lists, regular lists and tags work well for me on my PC, Nexus phone, and Nexus tablet. Earlier versions were much more complex, but not more useful or comfortable.

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