This is a variation on the system I wrote about yesterday. It’s what I use when I’m not using the other. I’ve never been able to decide which is better, so I tend to switch between them when I feel like it. As I’ve said before there is no real penalty in switching from one no-list system to another.
This system works in very much the same way as yesterday’s but has a rather more rigid structure.
Like the other it’s also fast, effective, flexible and thorough but in a slightly different way. You really have to try both to appreciate the differences - so I’m not even going to try to describe them!
Just as in the other system entry for new tasks is without a buffer, ie. a task is done immediately after it is entered on the list.
The differences in the rules are as follows:
- There is an entry phase and a follow-up phase.
- In the entry phase you can enter as many new tasks as you like in succession, re-entering them as necessary at the end of the list. During the entry phase this will always be on the following line.
- Tasks are re-entered if they are likely to be required again the same day, regardless of whether there is any work to be done on them at the moment.
- In the follow-up phase all open tasks above the last crossed out task are worked on again in the order they are written and re-entered at the end of the list if necessary. When all the tasks have been worked on you go back to the entry phase.
- If there is no work to be done in a task (e.g. no more email has arrived) it is crossed out and re-entered.
The list should be started afresh each day.