My productivity app is a single .txt file


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One file to rule them all My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file By Jeff Huang on 2020-01-31 The biggest transition for me when I…
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3 days ago by Shurs
A interesting idea to manage everything in one single text file.
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7 days ago by robknight
My productivity app is a single .txt file
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9 days ago by SingularityHacker
The biggest transition for me when I started college was learning to get organized. There was a point when I couldn't just remember everything in my head. And having to constantly keep track of things was distracting me from whatever task I was doing at the moment.

So I tried various forms of todo lists, task trackers, and productivity apps. They were all discouraging because the things to do kept getting longer, and there were too many interrelated things like past meeting notes, calendar appointments, idea lists, and lab notebooks, which were all on different systems.

I gave up and started just tracking in a single text file and have been using it as my main productivity system for 12 years now. It is so essential to my work now, and has surprisingly scaled with a growing set of responsibilities, that I wanted to share this system. It's been my secret weapon.
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13 days ago by prcleary
If you desire a productivity solution that meets the [KISS principle](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle) this is for you. I admire the arcana of it, and love the flexibility of simple text. This wouldn't satisfy my particular strand of OCD though.
13 days ago by thingles
Prerequisite: A calendar. The one outside tool I use is an online calendar, and I put everything on this calendar, even things that aren't actually for a fixed time like "make a coffee table at the workshop" or "figure out how to recruit new PhD students" — I'll schedule them on a date when I want to think about it. That way all my future plans and schedule are together, and not a bunch of lists I have to keep track of.

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Making the Daily List: Every night before I go to bed, I take all the items on my calendar for the next day and append it to the end of the text file as a daily todo list, so I know exactly what I'm doing when I wake up. This list contains scheduled tasks (2pm meeting with Madonna, 4pm office hours), errands (sign a form, return a book), and work items (review a paper, prepare a presentation). It also lets me think about whether I've got the right amount of work for a day.

Anything I don't want to do tomorrow, I'll shuffle back into my calendar on later dates. After 12 years of doing this, I've gotten pretty good at estimating what I can finish in a day.

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As a Record: That daily todo list is where I also take notes, so it's a to do list that turns into a what done list. The best thing about these daily lists is I keep them all in a single text file separated by dates, so I have a record of everything I have ever done and when I did it.

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So my daily routine looks like

1. look at the daily todo list I wrote last night to find out what I'm doing today
2. do scheduled things on that list during the day
3. when I have free (unscheduled) time, do the floating tasks on my list and work on Red-flagged emails
at the end of the day
4. do a quick review of Orange/Yellow emails to see if they need any handling
5. copy the next day's calendar items to the bottom of the text file

This process has a few nice properties:

It's easy to immediately see what to do when I wake up
I don't need to remember in my head the things to do later (following up on emails, future tasks)
It's easy to recall what happened in the past and see how much I can actually accomplish in a day
There's no running "todo" list with items that keep pushed back day after day
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15 days ago by wolf
My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file By Jeff Huang on 2020-01-31 The biggest transition for me when I started college was…
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15 days ago by dorianj
Calendar and one todo/done file
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16 days ago by rauschen
waiting on a reply for, so I know to follow up later. I'll flag emails as they come in, whenever it's convenient.

At the end of the day, I'll do a quick review of the Orange and Yellows to see if any need to be followed up or should become Red. Some
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16 days ago by jannokill
Amazing: My productivity app is a single .txt file
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16 days ago by jamescampbell
It's been my secret weapon
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16 days ago by maoxian
One file to rule them all
My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file
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17 days ago by HighCharisma
The biggest transition for me when I started college was learning to get organized. There was a point when I couldn't just remember everything in my head. And having to constantly keep track of things was distracting me from whatever task I was doing at the moment. via Pocket
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17 days ago by NiranS
I gave up and started just tracking in a single text file and have been using it as my main productivity system for 12 years now.
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17 days ago by philapple
My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file
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17 days ago by jacobin
My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file By Jeff Huang on 2020-01-31 The biggest transition for me when I started college was…
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17 days ago by wjbr
I gave up and started just tracking in a single text file and have been using it as my main productivity system for 12 years now. It is so essential to my work now, and has surprisingly scaled with a growing set of responsibilities, that I wanted to share this system. It's been my secret weapon.
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18 days ago by rpmuller
My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file via Instapaper https://jeffhuang.com/productivity_text_file/
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18 days ago by zhangtai
The biggest transition for me when I started college was learning to get organized. There was a point when I couldn't just remember everything in my head. And having to constantly keep track of things was distracting me from whatever task I was doing at the moment.
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18 days ago by AnthonyBaker
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18 days ago by michaeltri
My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file
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18 days ago by demon386