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*Not selling ANYTHING, just wanted to share my new To Do system (Which, believe it or not, you already have installed on your computer )*

"Success is simple. It's making a list, crossing everything off the list, and then making another list."

If you're anything like me, you spend HOURS a day on your computer, but you still struggle to direct all that energy and time onto what actually needs to be done. Nowadays, it is way too easy to pop open a new tab, and spend thousands of your life-rations (Read unscripted again if this doesn't ring a bell!) endlessly scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, or watching your favorite vlogger on youtube, and even this forum if you aren't directing that time towards a specific problem!

It happens to me all the time! I don't even want to know the amount of time I've wasted mindlessly strolling through the internet, even when I know what I should be doing instead!

When it comes to what you should be doing instead, I know the importance of To-Do lists, trello cards, and productivity systems, but I could never seem to stick to any of them, and just kept jumping from one to the other, wasting even more time learning each latest software and building the lists.

Until I found this ridiculously simple method.

I'm going to use the GSD method as the example here, mostly because I LOVE it, and because I'm jealous that I can't use the name. I starting using this a little after I joined the forum, and it revolutionized the way I, well, get sh*t done. It was by far the best To Do list system I've used, and I've used a lot.

The only issue? You can escape it.

I constantly had to remind myself to load up the webpage that has Trello on it, and then reshuffle all my tasks to keep track. It was so out of the way that I eventually just stopped using it. As soon as you can escape it, it is less effective. Out of sight, out of mind.

I realized this, and tried to find a way to change it. Pinning it to cover half of my laptop screen, and a bunch of other stupid ideas. Untill I found this.

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 23.06.35.png

Stickies? Yeah. These things are a LIFE saver, and as far as I know, they come installed on all computers. (Don't leave yet, I promise it works)

SO, my system:

Step one:
You need to open up the program and create two new stickies. I like to keep mine around the same size, and two different colors.

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 23.10.29.png

Step two:
Write at the top of one sticky, in bold, GOALS, and at the top of the other, TO DO.

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 23.15.27.png

Step three:
As the names would suggest, you should fill the GOALS segment with your goals. Give your road a destination. THIS IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE. If you don't write down your goals, this system will NOT work at cutting out your procrastination, as I will explain later.
If you don't write down your goals, this is the perfect time start. Make sure they're big and scary, and they're what you actually want.
It should look something like this:

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 23.20.36.png

Step four:
Write down your to-do list. Now here's the important part, this isn't the "Go to the grocery store" "get milk" type of list. (I mean if you need to remind yourself, it's a great way, but that ain't the point.) Every action on your to-do list HAS to line up with one of your goals on the sticky next to it. It pays to be specific here. Instead of putting "Billionaire by 14" as a goal, you should put "Grow my lemonade stand empire to 5 billion" WHY? Because now you're limited to focusing on what's actually going to get you there. Suddenly all those fly-by-night business ideas don't work, because they don't align with your goals.

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 23.28.23.png

This streamlines what you do. If you're even thinking about doing something, write it down and compare it to your goals. Does it help you get there? What I also like to do is make important tasks bold. All you do is highlight the task and hit CMD/CNTRL + B. Now you know what to prioritize at a glance.

Step five (The Magic):
See that toolbar at the top? You're going to want to open the "Window" tab, and hit "Float on top". Viola.

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 23.36.12.png

Make sure you do this to BOTH of your stickies, and you're golden.

Nothing happened?

Try open something on your computer.

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 23.38.34.png

You now have the full functionality of your computer and any software, with your to do list and goals staring you in the face THE ENTIRE TIME. They are now the most important thing on your computer, and they get treated like it. It gets really annoying sometimes, they end up in akward places covering important parts of your screen, and you have to shift them around a lot, but that's why it works.

It becomes ridiculously hard to watch a vlog, netflix, or scroll facebook, with those two huge reminders of what you're MEANT TO be doing and where you WANT TO be hovering above your Game Of Thrones.

This has worked WONDERS for me over the past month, and I hope it helps you too! There are a million variations of this, but this is what I've found works so far.

K.I.S.S.

Drop any feedback, ideas, improvements below! Let's build a kickass system ⚡

 

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So clever;)
I'm going to implement it right now.
I've always used To Do List, but I'm out of track sometimes.
I think that having your goals staring at you will increase drastically your productivity.
 

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Great idea. For those of us who use a linux-based operating system, I use Indicator-Stickynotes which offers the same functionality:

Install:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:umang/indicator-stickynotes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-stickynotes

When you click on the down-pointing arrow (between the lock icon and the + icon), you can choose the option 'always on top'. (I'd would post a screenshot, but I'm getting an error message)
 

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Thank you for sharing this awesome idea! I greatly appreciate it. I tried a few sticky note apps on Google Chrome and the only one that worked for me is Note Anywhere. It works great and you're able to move them around, plus they automatically pop up.[/QUOTE]
 
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I found the idea very interesting, I suffer from the same problem, I start to build the system, after a few days I forget that it exists and I lose focus, I have already used several applications to build my task lists and I always see myself deflecting the focus on them and not feeding them anymore.

Are you using this system for task list, but do you also use a schedule? I have difficulty separating tasks that have date and time to happen, if everything gets mixed up I get confused at the execution and I lose time. How do you handle tasks with dates and times? Do you use another application?
Yes I had exactly that issue! All of those services are great, but you have to remember to log onto them in the first place!

For my overall, bigger picture thinking, I’m currently using overbookd, which is a free online app. I’ve only been using it for a short while, so I was resisting posting about it untill I’d formed a conclusion, but right now it’s working great.

So in Overbooked, it let’s you separate goals, and log tasks into those goals.
I will sit down and dump EVERYTHING I need to do into overbookd, and then take the most time conscious ones and put them on my sticky. That way, I have a bigger picture of everything that needs to be done in overbookd, and then a smalller list of the “one most important thing” to each goal on my sticky.

Once you’ve knocked your most important thing for your specific goal off your sticky, you go back to your overview, adjust if needed, and take the next most important.

Rinse and repeat as many times as necessary [emoji298]️

* for my time sensitive goals, appointments, etc. I will highlight it and put it in bold (CMD + B), and then put the date / time etc next to it .

I hope this helps [emoji1430]
 

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Oh does it? I thought Stickies was a Mac only thing, but haven’t used a Windows PC in a while. They must have added it. Sweet.

Thanks for the thread too.
 

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Not a bad idea. I like it!
 

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Nice, I do the same thing. It makes me take action instead of just procrastinating. Especially after reading books, write down what I've learned and how I will apply it.
 

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Nice. I do the same thing but on my pin board (real life physical board, not the website). Definitely saves a lot of time. Surprised so many are Mac users. Am a windows :)
 

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I'm going to try it now, thank you!!

Meet MJ (and MTF!) is also on my list :smile:
 

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"Success is simple. It's making a list, crossing everything off the list, and then making another list."
How can you implement this sticky note system on your phone?

I mean yes we are working away on laptops but when we are going out working on phone is good too.

Any sticky app for iOS?
 

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Stickies in Windows doesn't seam to be able to float on top.
Click in the top left corner of the sticky note (so that the corner has darker color) and it will stay on top. Works in Windows 7.

 

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*Not selling ANYTHING, just wanted to share my new To Do system (Which, believe it or not, you already have installed on your computer )*

"Success is simple. It's making a list, crossing everything off the list, and then making another list."

If you're anything like me, you spend HOURS a day on your computer, but you still struggle to direct all that energy and time onto what actually needs to be done. Nowadays, it is way too easy to pop open a new tab, and spend thousands of your life-rations (Read unscripted again if this doesn't ring a bell!) endlessly scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, or watching your favorite vlogger on youtube, and even this forum if you aren't directing that time towards a specific problem!

It happens to me all the time! I don't even want to know the amount of time I've wasted mindlessly strolling through the internet, even when I know what I should be doing instead!

When it comes to what you should be doing instead, I know the importance of To-Do lists, trello cards, and productivity systems, but I could never seem to stick to any of them, and just kept jumping from one to the other, wasting even more time learning each latest software and building the lists.

Until I found this ridiculously simple method.

I'm going to use the GSD method as the example here, mostly because I LOVE it, and because I'm jealous that I can't use the name. I starting using this a little after I joined the forum, and it revolutionized the way I, well, get sh*t done. It was by far the best To Do list system I've used, and I've used a lot.

The only issue? You can escape it.

I constantly had to remind myself to load up the webpage that has Trello on it, and then reshuffle all my tasks to keep track. It was so out of the way that I eventually just stopped using it. As soon as you can escape it, it is less effective. Out of sight, out of mind.

I realized this, and tried to find a way to change it. Pinning it to cover half of my laptop screen, and a bunch of other stupid ideas. Untill I found this.

View attachment 21087

Stickies? Yeah. These things are a LIFE saver, and as far as I know, they come installed on all computers. (Don't leave yet, I promise it works)

SO, my system:

Step one:
You need to open up the program and create two new stickies. I like to keep mine around the same size, and two different colors.

View attachment 21088

Step two:
Write at the top of one sticky, in bold, GOALS, and at the top of the other, TO DO.

View attachment 21089

Step three:
As the names would suggest, you should fill the GOALS segment with your goals. Give your road a destination. THIS IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE. If you don't write down your goals, this system will NOT work at cutting out your procrastination, as I will explain later.
If you don't write down your goals, this is the perfect time start. Make sure they're big and scary, and they're what you actually want.
It should look something like this:

View attachment 21090

Step four:
Write down your to-do list. Now here's the important part, this isn't the "Go to the grocery store" "get milk" type of list. (I mean if you need to remind yourself, it's a great way, but that ain't the point.) Every action on your to-do list HAS to line up with one of your goals on the sticky next to it. It pays to be specific here. Instead of putting "Billionaire by 14" as a goal, you should put "Grow my lemonade stand empire to 5 billion" WHY? Because now you're limited to focusing on what's actually going to get you there. Suddenly all those fly-by-night business ideas don't work, because they don't align with your goals.

View attachment 21091

This streamlines what you do. If you're even thinking about doing something, write it down and compare it to your goals. Does it help you get there? What I also like to do is make important tasks bold. All you do is highlight the task and hit CMD/CNTRL + B. Now you know what to prioritize at a glance.

Step five (The Magic):
See that toolbar at the top? You're going to want to open the "Window" tab, and hit "Float on top". Viola.

View attachment 21092

Make sure you do this to BOTH of your stickies, and you're golden.

Nothing happened?

Try open something on your computer.

View attachment 21093

You now have the full functionality of your computer and any software, with your to do list and goals staring you in the face THE ENTIRE TIME. They are now the most important thing on your computer, and they get treated like it. It gets really annoying sometimes, they end up in akward places covering important parts of your screen, and you have to shift them around a lot, but that's why it works.

It becomes ridiculously hard to watch a vlog, netflix, or scroll facebook, with those two huge reminders of what you're MEANT TO be doing and where you WANT TO be hovering above your Game Of Thrones.

This has worked WONDERS for me over the past month, and I hope it helps you too! There are a million variations of this, but this is what I've found works so far.

K.I.S.S.

Drop any feedback, ideas, improvements below! Let's build a kickass system ⚡
Hi Xolorr,

That valuable post took time, I'm assuming; thanks a lot for caring to share!

I might give it a try for a week or two. Mind you my good ol' fashion pen and notebook have worked really well for me for the last 18 months, but I may incorporate the "GOALS'' concept. :)
 

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Nice tips OP thanks for the info, the one I recommend is and I use all the time that STAYS ON TOP of windows is called Kuadro : Kuadro

Its free and you can easy attach image of your current task and also choose to stay on top always or minimize etc.. very cool free app
Edit - I'm not affiliated with this app its just very useful and I use it everyday for my design work
 

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