Keeping a To do Archives file

I’ve used Microsoft OneNote as my “to do” list tool for 8 or so years now. Over time, it has become more of a life organization tool and has records of my thoughts on nearly every project I’ve worked on in the past few years. However, I use it most to list and work through key priorities and tasks – so, it is a nearly always open on my laptop.

Two years ago, instead of deleting my list of tasks once I was done for the day, I began transferring it to another OneNote file I call “To do Archives.” This “To do Archives” file has a daily chronological list of all tasks I’ve completed in the past two years.

I think I started doing this because I thought I might find it useful. I’ve probably checked in once a while for specific purposes – more so at the identical OneNote file at work. But, the real benefit of doing this has been something intangible – every time I start the day and transfer a few of the morning routine items to this list, I see this vast repository of tasks and feel a sense of positive momentum. “I’ve gotten so much done all these days. Why should this day be any different?”

And, indeed, why should it?

Momentum is a beautiful thing.

Todoarchives2(Example archives from last week – with names removed)

  • Andy Chen

    take a dump?

  • Sandy Elliot

    what about charge ipad? also who will review the draft slides v1? must put for final slide review.

  • Dot

    I guess what these guys are trying to say is that the momentum you speak of doesn’t seem to be based on meaningful accomplishments, but momentum for momentum’s sake. Will I take away anything from this? Probably not. But hey, if it works for you I’m all for it.

    • It is hard to explain any list of tasks since it is inherently personal and quirky. 🙂

      What matters is the figuring out if it can work for you part. And, if you spend your energy dissing stuff instead of trying to understand the why behind it, then there’s almost no way you’re going to understand the why.

      • Dot

        Mockers are inevitable, and as you rightly pointed out the best thing to do is not engage (I would add a caveat: unless there’s something meaningful you can take out of it in terms of feedback, and that’s usually more effectively done in private reflection as opposed to a comments section).

        The point is – keep sharing! Some people will find some things useful, others won’t.

        • We are 100% aligned. Thank you for taking the time to write in – very kind of you. 🙂