The final type of no-list system I want to describe is the Rotating List. There are many possible variations, but the essence of a rotating list is that tasks are re-entered if they are going to be needed again at any time during the current day.
This characteristic means that they are normally started again at the beginning of the day. They grow too unwieldy if kept going for a period longer than a day.
They are usually combined with an Entry by Doing approach. The sequence of work is:
- Write a new task
- Work on the task
- Cross task off the list
- Re-enter the task at the end of the list if it will need to be worked on again that day.
- Revisit all tasks on the list as in steps 2 and 3.
- When all tasks have been worked on, go back to step 1.
A variation of this is to enter more than one new task at a time in step 1. Either way the list gradually lengthens as the day progresses.
An example of a rotating list system is Spinning Plates, though this is more complicated than the basic rotating list method described above.
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