Three to-do apps and types of task management

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As the preparations for B:READ’s Mabohai Bookswap were in full swing last month, I found myself using managing tasks using not one, not two, but three to-do apps in that same period. I admit that I enjoy keeping lists, and they help me keep track of things in my head; but at one point, it did occur to me: “Why am I using three different apps to handle my tasks? This is kind of ridiculous.”

So I took a closer look at the apps, and as it turns out, there wasn’t a problem of redundancy – the tasks recorded in each app were mostly different. Each app served a different purpose, depending on what tasks I wanted to achieve.

1. Weekly goals

I am terrible at keeping to any weekly goals – yes, I find my day job a challenge, thanks for asking – but I keep trying!

Workflowy is a web app and an iOS app. Its specialty is that you can have tasks at different levels, which I can break down or move up as I wish.

For example, here I have a list of things I meant to do within a week:

Screenshot of Workflowy app, shows higher level tasks under 'By 16 June 2013'. One of the tasks is called 'Finished Documentation for [x]'.

If you have ever found it difficult working towards such high-level tasks, you may understand that vaguely defined list items like “Documentation” just aren’t helpful when you’re panicking or procrastinating, because they seem like such big tasks. Read more…

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Jun 2013
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To Be Honest

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Ok, my attempts at the book challenges this year (12 e-books in 2011, Unfinished Books 2011) has been absymal.

I think my total reading is still consistent with the past few years. It just seems worse this year as I had set myself actual targets, a la the book challenges, and am falling far short! (1 out of 12 e-books, 2 out of 6 “unfinished” books)

I’m not going to bore you with the old excuse, “I didn’t have time to read”.

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Nov 2011
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The Mental Part of “Shopping Stamina”

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For Big Shoppers

I always thought that “shopping stamina” refers to a person’s physical endurance for large malls and several carrier bags. I strongly felt myself to be one who lacked such a quality, one that is usually so advantageous for shopping in foreign cities within limited timeframes.

It was after a day of shopping in Singapore, that I wondered if there is also a mental aspect to “shopping stamina”.

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Sep 2011
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Netball: A Second Chance at Sports

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The best lesson I ever learned from netball was this: Give something a second chance, and you might open yourself up to a new world.

(Things this may not apply to: Ex-boyfriends, consumables that have passed their expiry date, and pressing “snooze” on your morning alarm.) Read more…

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Apr 2011
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the story of me and blogging

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Writing – whether journalling or ranting, whether a story or a poem – is a very personal thing for me.

I remember getting my first diary somewhere around 8 years of age. It had a lock and key, and the pages were not marked with dates. Ever since then, I have always kept a written or typed account.

I always kept my journals private, but blogs are typically meant for an audience. I started publishing my thoughts online when I was around 13 or 14, and eventually it became known as “blogging”. It turned into this art form, and done properly, it could make you influential, and in some cases, even rich. Blogging evolved. You could write thought-provoking essays, or be a photoblogger. You could choose a theme, or devise your own unique writing style.

I was confused. Read more…

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Feb 2011
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