I am 95% happy with My Graduate Student Planner. I am using it and keeping it up well, and it has almost everything I need.
More importantly, however, the last 5% isn’t worth fighting for. It consists of 2 things:
- There are notes related to todo’s that are not in the planner because they predate the new planner. However this is fixable with a touch of transcribing or, better yet, finishing those items and removing them from the todo list entirely. This will go away completely over the next few weeks anyway.
- Some strange neat-freak part of me wishes that the “done” items actually disappeared so that the first page of todo’s was always stuff that still needed doing. As a result I have been rewriting stuff more regularly than perhaps is necessary for neatness sake.
That latter reason would have previously sent me running for a technical solution. Not this time. I’m listening to the 80/20 rule.
I do want to add one thing to the system now that the basics are working. I want to start using Jott to send myself todo items when I am driving, shopping, or otherwise can’t stop and write something down. I have a digital voice recorder that I tried to use for this purpose but found that I wasn’t listening to it regularly. Jott sends you an email, so that at the latest I will see the todo item the next time I check email. Since it took me 2 days to remember to send the email to my teacher that I kept thinking of in the car instead of anywhere useful, this seems like it might be a simple addition that doesn’t require any new hardware.