There are also time management approaches that emphasise the need for more focused and simple implementation including the approach of “Going with the Flow” – natural rhythms, Eastern philosophy. More unconventional time usage techniques, such as those discussed in “Where Did Time Fly,” include concepts that can be paraphrased as “Less is More,” which de-emphasizes the importance of squeezing every minute of one’s time, as suggested in traditional time management schemes.
A task list (also to-do list or things-to-do) is a list of tasks to be completed, such as chores or steps toward completing a project. It is an inventory tool which serves as an alternative or supplement to memory.
Task lists are used in self-management, grocery lists, business management, project management, and software development. It may involve more than one list.
When one of the items on a task list is accomplished, the task is checked or crossed off. The traditional method is to write these on a piece of paper with a pen or pencil, usually on a note pad or clip-board. Task lists can also have the form of paper or software checklists.
Writer Julie Morgenstern suggests “do’s and don’ts” of time management that include:
Map out everything that is important, by making a task list
Create “an oasis of time” for one to control
Don’t drop everything
Don’t think a critical task will get done in one’s spare time.
Numerous digital equivalents are now available, including PIM (Personal information management) applications and most PDAs. There are also several web-based task list applications, many of which are free.