Tag Archives: todo list


Going Low-Tech with Paper To-Do Lists


While at ProfHacker we are continually watching for more efficient and helpful technological solutions to the everyday challenges of academic life, sometimes the right pad of paper is better than the most feature-rich app. This year has put more stress on my schedule than any prior, thanks to a combination of progressively larger classes and several online classes, Keeping my projects going against a tide of student emails and grading sent me looking for a digital solution: I’ve tried Natalie’s…


Lists and the Disoriented Learner

Simplicity and Bamboo Forests

This semester, our 9yo is taking an intro-level language course at our campus.* Setting aside his excitement about getting to continue a language that had been discontinued in his school district, it’s been entertaining to watch him figure out the norms of college, and to try to leverage them to his advantage: “I think I need a phone, Dad. Before class, college kids mostly check out their phones.”**

I mention this experience only because watching him work this semester has reminded me of a post…


What do you want more of?

As summer begins, many of us are reviewing our to-do lists and setting goals for the next couple of months.

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve previously discussed tools like Remember the Milk, Google Tasks, Things, Evernote, and TeuxDeux that can help you manage your task lists. (Or Action lists, if you follow David Allen’s Getting Things Done method.)

Today, however, I want to focus on a simple question that can help ensure that you put the right actions on those to-do lists, whatever tool you use t…


The Zombie List

I have a zombie list. And I don’t mean one filled with Undead (undone?) tasks that keep coming back to eat my brain. I mean a list of things I can do when I am the zombie.

About a year ago, I wrote about delegating small tasks to your future self, suggesting that: “you can probably identify several small tasks that would help you move forward on your highest-priority project but that don’t require your highest level of energy.” I listed things like proofreading and running bibliographic searches…