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Sign Up for the Lenten Challenge Now!

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Several people are using methods of their own invention. This is a good chance to field test a system of your own if you have one.

You may be asking yourself the question “Why sign up now since the beginning of the Challenge is still two and a half weeks away?

You don’t have to sign up until the last minute, but signing up now gives you a chance to iron out the bugs in whatever system you intend to use. And if you find the system unsuitable then you have time to change it for another before the start of the Challenge.

You can sign up in the comments section below, or send me an email using the Contact tab in the top menu.

Reader Comments (20)

My first participation: a combination of Serial No-List, the Bounce and Picture of the Day (my own approach)
February 16, 2019 at 17:49 | Unregistered CommenterLaby
Alright, count me in. I shall be using a 5x5 'Productivity Bingo' card, populated using a weighted randomiser. My 'Productivity Bingo' uses a reward system at its crux (also positioned randomly) and I am allowed to unlock that reward if and only if I complete the other tasks that form a Bingo line with it (i.e. it has to be the last thing checked off if you were to call "house" on a row, column, or diagonal).

If a task cannot be achieved (if it is time- or location-specific, for instance), only then am I allowed to remove the task without completing it, but then the gaps in the Bingo card have to be repopulated (using the same weighted randomiser) and the grid shuffled. It sounds complex, but I have coded the whole thing so all I need do is add the tasks to their appropriate sublists, and early tests have shown that I am more focussed on doing the important things first (although I also have a sort of Auto-Focus built into the digital version of my cards to help with that).
February 17, 2019 at 1:32 | Unregistered CommenterEiron Page
I don't think I have ever signed up, but I do tend to use systems way past their expire date. I will keep to 4 by 2 ( ).
February 17, 2019 at 16:34 | Registered CommenterNatalia
I will do combination DIT (Do It Tomorrow) and Dreams book for the Lenten Challenge.
February 18, 2019 at 2:36 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda
Will you be applying the AF2 dismissal rules?
February 18, 2019 at 19:41 | Registered CommenterCaibre65

No, I won't. The AF2 dismissal rules were designed to encourage one to scan back to the beginning of the list. This isn't necessary with AF2 Page Lock as this happens automatically.
February 18, 2019 at 22:04 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
I'll be trying Do It Tomorrow
February 19, 2019 at 15:54 | Unregistered CommenterFintan
Unless something goes awry in the next few weeks, I'm going to try and stick with the Time Surfing method from Looman's book.
February 20, 2019 at 16:16 | Unregistered CommenterPaul MacNeil
Signing up, wit some sort of own system / learned system, using Taskpaper on computer and iOS-Devices.
February 21, 2019 at 21:31 | Unregistered CommenterAndreas Vlach
Deciding between either AF1 or a DIT hybrid.
February 22, 2019 at 0:25 | Unregistered CommenterJordan Navarrete
Hello, Mark & friends:

Signing up, with a deep practice of "How to make your dreams come true". I'm using this system now, but I decided to take the Lenten Challenge to focus on this incredible book.
At the same time, I think I will use Google Calendar with reminders to track my commitments. But as the focus is Dreams, maybe this can change.
February 22, 2019 at 15:59 | Unregistered CommenterPablo

Please sign me up for the Lenten challenge. I will be using Flexible Autofocus.
February 23, 2019 at 12:32 | Registered CommenterCaibre65
Okay, I'm committing to a plan, starting today. Let's call it the Serial No-List, but with a very specific strategy I'm hoping I can pull off, specifically:

Rule 1: At any time I may do whatever I choose, but before I do anything non-trivial, it must be on the list. If it isn't there, write it. Then I may do it.

Rule 1 is my only true commitment. Rule 1 is simple enough (see Atomic Habits) that I can hope to stick with it. All the rules below are secondary.
I believe Rule 1 fits within the framework of the Serial No-List, and adding the four below amounts to the full rules Serial No-List.

Rule 2: If I finish a task, delete it. If I set aside the task unfinished, move it to the end.

Guideline 1: Define tasks such that they can be completed. Avoid "keep house clean" tasks in favor of more narrowly defined chores. Since these will be completed and deleted, the list should keep trim.

Rule 3: Each day enter the date. Write some things I want done today. Additional things (which may or may not be done today) can be entered at any time.

Guideline 2: Don't add things now that I don't intend to do now, if I have no doubt I'll remember later.

Rule 4: Look at today's list for things to do.

Rule 5: If rules 1 and 4 don't inspire action, scan back through older days for things to do.


Rule A: Sometime in the bookends of the day, follow a routine which includes checking the calendar and logging.
February 23, 2019 at 15:27 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Dear Mark,
after failing miserably last year with AF1, I will try it again this year (of course!).
Good luck to everybody.
February 23, 2019 at 23:53 | Unregistered Commenterstefanb
I would like to join in with the challenge. I procrastinate far to often, and am easily distracted. I have used AF2 in the past, so intend to use this method. Starting today for practice!
February 25, 2019 at 11:09 | Unregistered CommenterClarablanco
The best challenge for this spring. :) I choose AF2.
February 26, 2019 at 9:15 | Unregistered CommenterBence
I'll join as well. My system of choice is AF4 with one modification: Audits of the dismissed items must occur via a written task in the AF4 list itself, not automatically when I cycle through.
February 28, 2019 at 4:31 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Freckleton
I'm going with Serial No-List. The biggest challenge for me is that I'm going to stick to paper and pen (actually an erasable notebook but still analog). Every time I try to go digital, I make the greatest looking to-do lists with all kinds of details and notes and links, etc. But, until I can figure out a way to earn money just for making great looking lists, I'm going to focus on getting stuff actually done - using pen and paper!
February 28, 2019 at 14:43 | Unregistered Commentertomcal
I would love to join in on the Lentern challenge going to simplify things and try simple scanning.
March 3, 2019 at 18:27 | Unregistered CommenterEmma-Rae
How do you choose the best choose the best gadget among the ones listed here?
September 8, 2019 at 18:37 | Unregistered CommenterPetterCarr

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