Public Next Actions

Like everybody, I have a big things I want to get done, and lots of promises I’ve made to people that I want to make sure I keep.

I keep track of everything I need to do with a ‘to-do’ list.  (For a long time, it was my mail).    When the list gets bigger I get scared because there is a lot to do in very little time.  This means that the size of the list is an interesting thing in its own right.

This page is going to show two things.

  • My live, read-right-from-cloud to-do list
  • The pictures that show how the size of the list changes over time.

 

The  how and why I made this so it can be seen by everyone are written up here.  (there was also some press: New York Magazine, Esquire, Lifehacker, The RescueTime Blog, Livehacker (again), Boing Boing, and a large number of places that steal all their stuff from Lifehacker and Boing Boing).

Fear Charts

The picutre below changes every half an hour to give the live size of my ‘to-do’ list.

Things that have been in the list for more than a week are the red line, more than three days the purple, and more than 24 hours the green (the blue is the ‘current’ state).

 

 

Words

I put this page thought ‘Simple Writer’,  and the only problems were:  list, mail, Charts, and purple.

The List

ContextMinutesTaskDate Added
y 30 Fill out the next question on this: [removed] 17-03-20 17:47
y 30 Open the training video footage 17-03-21 12:56
h 20 See if you can hang all of the cables 17-03-31 21:03
h 20 Sort out cable box 17-03-31 21:03
y 20 Hire app developer 17-03-20 21:10
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-04 12:57
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-04 13:53
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-04 11:41
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-03 18:05
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-04 13:53
0 10 ------------------------------ 17-03-31 21:03
g 4 Get Deadlines from Vision and put in Jurgen 17-03-31 00:00
h 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-02 18:53
h 10 Move Dreamhost backup to the harddrive 17-03-23 07:48
t 10 Write [removed] 17-03-24 18:16
y 10 Map project for NATE conference in June. 17-03-31 21:03
y 20 Go thought [removed] and open projects for relevent ones 17-03-26 12:28
y 30 Simple Writer the translation page (headings in comments) 17-03-20 16:14
y 5 Ping about spanish translation of CK 17-03-20 16:15
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-04 11:41
b 10 Work out spending policies again 17-04-01 16:04
b 60 Invest an hour in watching youtube vloggers 17-03-23 09:47
o 10 Get Gluton free bakewells from shop 17-03-24 18:14
y 10 Decide if you like the NATE conference for June 17-03-20 13:50
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-02 20:24
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-02 18:52
b 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-03 00:00
b 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-03 00:00
b 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-03 00:00
b 10 brainstorm on putting potential blog posts in github 17-03-31 21:03
b 20 Spend [removed]minutes or so considering the fruits of long term goals - the amount in the bank account, the thank you cards the flowers. 17-03-22 00:00
b 2 Drink 1L of Water([removed]min) 17-04-02 00:00
b 2 Drink 1L of Water([removed]min) 17-04-03 00:00
b 3 Fill out notebook for back pain 17-04-02 00:00
b 3 Fill out notebook for back pain 17-04-03 00:00
b 5 Contact [removed] for advice about something 17-04-02 00:00
b 5 Fix slack on iphone 17-03-31 21:03
b 6 Download ted talks for phone. 17-03-23 09:56
g 10 improve melta next 17-03-23 00:00
g 15 Review Vision dates 17-03-31 00:00
g 3 Check Voicemail 17-04-03 00:00
g 3 Go thought phone screen shots for tasks 17-03-28 00:00
g 3 Look at the runway 17-03-30 00:00
g 3 There is a book on your phone that you are reading 17-03-29 00:00
g 5 Check the last time [removed] called you 17-03-28 00:00
h 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
h 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-03 00:00
h 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
h 10 Check and reply to slack 17-03-27 00:00
h 10 Check and reply to slack 17-04-03 00:00
h 10 Completely empty crate 17-04-03 00:00
h 10 do photos for eletronic frame 17-03-23 09:13
h 10 hoover doghouse. 17-03-31 21:03
h 10 Sort out Insteaon 17-03-23 09:13
h 10 Spring out of bed by 7am or brainstorm on the whole thing 17-03-28 00:00
h 10 Use Face strip 17-03-20 00:00
h 15 File Evernote stuff 17-03-27 00:00
h 30 Move a brainstorm from paper to app 17-03-26 00:00
h 30 Move a brainstorm from paper to app 17-04-02 00:00
h 3 Cut nails 17-03-30 00:00
h 4 move the big database file onto external ahard drive. 17-03-31 21:03
h 5 Deal with receipts in bag 17-04-01 16:05
h 5 Floss 17-03-26 00:00
h 5 Floss 17-03-28 00:00
h 5 Floss 17-03-30 00:00
h 5 label an iPhone charger with 'car' 17-03-31 21:03
o 20 Get car cleaned 17-04-01 17:07
p 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
p 3 Put Oyster time into calendar 17-03-30 00:00
p 3 Put sleep, and climbing time into calendar 17-03-31 00:00
p 5 Book blood donation. 17-03-31 21:03
t 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
t 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
t 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
t 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
t 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
t 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
t 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
t 10 Check that everything in the 'in process' box really does have a task 17-03-30 00:00
t 10 Go over all the assigned issues in Github and talk to the person leading on them 17-03-22 00:00
t 10 Write Newsletter for eQuality Time 17-03-20 00:00
t 20 Review Evernote Tags 17-04-01 00:00
t 3 Check Desktop Tracker is working 17-04-03 00:00
t 5 Learn something new in vim or python 17-04-02 00:00
t 5 Process inbox in evernote 17-03-28 00:00
t 5 Thank you card for [removed] 17-03-27 00:00
t 60 Bring unclaimed spending below £[removed]in accounts document 17-03-23 00:00
t 60 Bring unclaimed spending below £[removed]in accounts document 17-03-30 00:00
y 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-03 00:00
y 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-01 00:00
y 10 Find out what todays (saturday's) next actions didn't appear on the calendar 17-04-01 16:05
y 10 Map a clarity project 17-03-30 00:00
y 10 Post the talking less blog post 17-03-31 21:03
y 10 Put receipts in book. 17-03-24 17:40
y 10 Put the henry smith draft on the website (and possibly facebook) 17-03-21 11:12
y 10 Search for tenders coming up 17-03-25 00:00
y 14 Update project files 17-03-21 00:00
y 14 Update project files 17-03-24 00:00
y 14 Update project files 17-03-28 00:00
y 14 Update project files 17-03-31 00:00
y 15 Find the ten organisations for L[removed]funding 17-03-24 19:07
y 20 Fix the 'in bed' bit of scarface 17-03-26 14:30
y 4 Go thought Upwork logs 17-03-28 00:00
y 60 Watch Randy Pausch Video 17-03-31 00:00
y 6 Go thought calendar for any 'thank you's you *can* make (not need to, just can) 17-03-20 00:00
y 8 Email tasks can go in calendar if they are ready written 17-03-30 00:00
0 0 ------------------------------ 17-04-03 16:48
b 10 Download 'myclimb' and have a play 17-03-24 18:23
g 10 Write code to send [removed] and pacesetter to the cloud regularly 17-03-24 18:16
g 4 Cron for facebook dive 17-04-01 15:49
h 5 Put ipad serial number into apple recycling 17-04-01 16:06
h 5 Put last doghouse box into bedroom 17-03-31 20:32
t 20 Work out plan for 'agile' story construction 17-03-24 17:55
y 10 Add - convert meetings to phone calls to scarface. 17-03-24 18:17
y 20 Find out about adding tracking code to the wiki 17-03-24 17:33
y 20 Map 'someday' projects for learning to draw, speak spannish, and use sketchnote 17-03-24 18:14
y 30 Fix the [removed]] bug with Private in Public 17-03-24 18:16