So I’ve been using the application Any.do to get more productive. I’m trying to follow David Allen’s Getting Things Done method and I’m getting a lot more done. One of the ways I’ve figured out how to do this is with Any.do, a task management application. They have written an Android and an iOS version that work great and synchronize with the website. There is also an extension for Chrome that gives you your lists everywhere. So one of the best things to do with the application is manage tasks you have to do.
I’ve gone a step farther and starting making folders for the different types of Tasks I have to do, like Home, Professional Development, Work, etc. However as it now stands and as it reads on the company’s FAQ, you can’t reorder your folders! This is frustrating because I think prioritization is almost as important as recording tasks, and prioritizing my task types is probably even more important, as it allows me to recontextualize my task list depending on my location and my current job description, which for many knowledge workers can change daily if not hourly. I’m referring here of course to the “wearing of different hats” referred to by so many entrepreneurs and start-up business owners.
After a quick Google search, I found there is no real way to re-order your folder list in Any.do to change the way the
folder is laid out. So I came up with a quick way to do it without too much work. Remember, we’re talking about tasks here, and tasks you need to accomplish. Looking at them one more time as you reorganize them won’t hurt much. The way I devised to do this is as follows.
- Figure out the way you want your folders laid out. In my example, I used Home, Professional Development, and Work. I think Work might need to come first sometimes, so I go back and reorder the folders Work, Home, Professional Development. Now I know how I want them laid out.
- Make a new folder called “New Layout”
- Make the items in that folder the folders in the preferred order
- Create a new folder that is the first item in your preferred order.
- Start typing in that items tasks. This gives you a chance to further prioritize the list and at very least review it.
- Make a new folder that is the second item in your preferred order.
- Enter that items tasks.
So by creating a New Layout folder in Any.do, you can layout your folders in a new way and refer to that layout as your re-enter your tasks. Happy hunting!