Categories | Creativity | David Allen | Implementation
David Allen’s list of cool/convenient lists to have
There are critical reminder-type lists that we all need to let our brain relax (re: outcomes and actions). There are other lists, though, that can be useful, fun, and interesting, that fit in the area of “reference” or “support.”
Account and $ numbers- credit card #s, PIN #s, etc. (make sure wherever you keep these, it is safe and secure.)
Affirmations- personal self-talk scripts for positive internal programming.
Basic personal numbers (self and family members)- drivers license, social security, insurance policies, Whatever you may need for yourself and others when filling out forms. (Again, make sure wherever you keep these, it is safe and secure.)
Birthdays- (if you don’t put them on your digital calendar system), group by date, as reviewable (those during a month, put in tickler for that month, etc.)
Borrowed stuff- things you’ve loaned folks and might care to get back someday.
Checklists- Travel, Take sailing…, Personal New Habits to Create, etc.
Gifts- organized by people and/or a general list of neat things to buy for others. Great for birthdays, ad-hoc niceness, and holidays.
Ideas I don’t know what to do with, now that I’ve had them…- we all have them, and they don’t fit anywhere except in an “they don’t fit anywhere” place.
Jokes- the current ones that you’d like to get some more mileage out of (but damn! they disappear out of our brain so fast.)
Might wanna buy…- could be one mega-list, or (more commonly) grouped by the type of thing it is: cds, wines, books, videos.
Might wanna do when…- possibilities when you’re in a certain location or doing a certain activity. By city, country, or region (things to do/think about when I’m in Napa Valley, London, Santiago.) Or by activity (Web surfing places to visit.)
Might wanna do with…- if you’re into any animate or inanimate objects: my kids, my spouse, my dogs, my piano, my woodcarving tools, my garden, my computer.
Previous addresses and employers- keep at least your last three. (What a pain when you have to supply them and you don’t have them!)
Quotes- quotes I’d like to see again from time to time.
Restaurants- for business or pleasure, to review for ideas instead of same-old same-old.
Style or product numbers I may need when I’m buying things- oil filter, vacuum cleaner bags, labeler cassettes, etc.
Tips/Shortcuts- speed-key codes, shortcut codes for new systems (voicemail, answering machine, pager, software apps, new Palm III, etc.) Any new skill set you’re learning can have a remind-me-about list specific to its features and activities until they are habitual and under your belt.
Vacation things to do- those things that you might like to do if you are into seriously doing nothing (take pictures, hike, hotels to stay in for a night, spa treatments, places to explore, etc.)