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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Putting projects on hold by archiving lists

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

If you keep track of projects or groups of tasks in lists, you'll find that sometimes you end up with some extras you've put off or otherwise aren't working on. This week's tip, shared by jcfisher, suggests archiving those lists to keep your list of lists trim so you can focus on what you're actively working on.

I use something like the advanced GTD setup with Remember The Milk. Sometimes, though, I have projects that are less important, and I want to put those on the back burner. To put the project on hold, I just archive the list that contains the project, and then I don't see the project or its tasks any more.

But once I put a project on hold, I know I want to resume it at some future point, so that eventually I'll come back to it. To make sure I remember to come back to my "on hold" projects, I made a list called "On Hold". In it, I create a task with the name of the list that I archived, and set the due date to the day I want to come back to that project. Then, when that task comes due, I unarchive the list, and (hopefully!) start working on the project again.

Thanks for sharing this tip, jcfisher! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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