I am not a huge fan of To-Do lists. However, I realize they are a necessary evil. The problem I’ve had with the various forms this list took is a couple of things:
- Once I’m done with the list, I tend to throw them away.
- I frequently need more information about the task than I am able to write down on a piece of paper.
- I am a web person, and I want to be able to access my to do list from anywhere.
There are certainly better tools for this. However, after thinking about it, a blog seems like a perfect tool for this:
- Blogs tend to keep everything. In chronological order. With categories, depending on the software.
- Blogs are fairly free-form. You can put as much information as you need. You can also put things like hyperlinks, embed pictures, and even YouTube videos (depending on the blog software you use).
- Blogs can be accessed from anywhere.
The nice thing about using blogs is that they are free. There are a number of different places that offer free blogs. Two places I recommend are wordpress.com and Vox. The main reason I recommend these two is that they both have a very critical feature for maintaining a To-Do list: They support the concept of private posts. That is important assuming you don’t want to let everyone else know what you need to do. Of course, you may use an existing blog for this purpose as well so long as it has the ability to mark posts as private so that only you can see them.
Once you have an appropriate blog ready to go, start a new post and type in your To-Do list however you want. You can make it as pretty as you want. Or you can just type in freeform lines like I do. Do it how you’d like. Just make sure when you save it that, you mark the post private if you don’t want the world to see.
On WordPress blogs, when editing your post, go down to Post Status and set it to Private. On Vox, when editing the post, go down to the “On my Vox blog” section and set “Viewable by” to “you (draft).”
Once you’ve got your list, you can go back and edit it (for example, to cross-off items on the list), delete items (if you want), or simply copy the list and create a new To-Do list for the next day.
To view the To-Do list from anywhere, simply access the blog’s URL from whatever web browser you have available. If you marked the To-Do list as private, then you will need to log into the site in order to see your To-Do lists.
This is one way to handle a To-Do list. There may be better purpose-built tooks for the task, but this works for me at least. Share your thoughts about this or other ways you manage your To-Do lists in the comments section below.