Until a few days ago I was using simple scanning for my experiments with the long list, but in the last few days I’ve been using a modified version of Autofocus 2 (AF2) to give me a bit more flexibility. So far this has been working very well - but it’s early days yet. I’m describing it now for anyone who wants to try it out - but please bear in mind that it has not been properly tested.

There are two ways in which this is different from AF2:

- There is no dismissal procedure
- After you have done a task, you may do the next active task on the list
* in either direction* from the task you have just done. You continue to do this until you don’t want to do either of the adjacent tasks. Then you return to the end of the list, perform another scan and repeat the process.

Example:

Email

Sharpen Pencils

Prepare Planning Meeting

Arrange Group Photo

Call John re Project X

Voicemail

Check Proofs

Submit Expenses

Order New Front Tyres

Buy 300 copies of *Secrets of Productive People*

From the end of the list scan back to the first task that feels ready to be worked on, and work on it. Re-enter if necessary.

Email

Sharpen Pencils

Prepare Planning Meeting

Arrange Group Photo

Call John re Project X

Voicemail

Check Proofs

Submit Expenses

Order New Front Tyres

Buy 300 copies of *Secrets of Productive People*

Flowers for J

Voicemail

You now have a choice of Call John, Check Proofs, or rescanning:

Email

Sharpen Pencils

Prepare Planning Meeting

Arrange Group Photo

Call John re Project X

Voicemail

Check Proofs

Submit Expenses

Order New Front Tyres

Buy 300 copies of *Secrets of Productive People*

Flowers for J

Check Bank Balance

Voicemail

You now have a choice of Arrange Group Photo, Check Proofs, or rescanning:

Email

Sharpen Pencils

Prepare Planning Meeting

Arrange Group Photo

Call John re Project X

Voicemail

Check Proofs

Submit Expenses

Order New Front Tyres

Buy 300 copies of *Secrets of Productive People*

Flowers for J

Check Bank Balance

Voicemail

You now have a choice of Prepare Planning Meeting, Check Proofs, or rescanning. You decide to re-scan:

Email

Sharpen Pencils

Prepare Planning Meeting

Arrange Group Photo

Call John re Project X

Voicemail

Check Proofs

Submit Expenses

Order New Front Tyres

Buy 300 copies of *Secrets of Productive People*

Flowers for J

Check Bank Balance

Voicemail

Email

Note that as you now are at the beginning of the list you only have one task to choose from - Sharpen Pencils - or rescan..