Watching an Ongoing Issue

Here’s how to use Good Todo to track ongoing issues:

  • Create a todo on today’s list with the name of the issue. For example, call it “Ongoing TPS”.

  • Type in the detail field of a todo. You might start with today’s date: perhaps it would be “2-10-17 TPS is fine”.

  • Don’t check the todo done. Instead, let the todo roll over day-to-day, so it’s always on today’s list.

  • Whenever there’s an update to the todo, type it in the detail field with the new date. For example, a few days later it might look like this:
    2-10-17 TPS is fine
    2-13-17 needs attention

For more on log files and canvas files, and how they can be helpful for ongoing items, please see Mark Hurst’s book Bit Literacy.

Thanks to user T.S. for pointing out this usage of Good Todo!


Techie Todo Lists vs. Good Todo

A recent Hacker News thread discussed organizing all the information in your life, asking for good todo list recommendations, among tools.

Recommendations included what I’d call “techie todo lists”:

Org-mode, a productivity suite based on Emacs, the longtime Unix-based text editor

Taskwarrior, explicitly described as a command-line todo list

Todo.html, an extension of an earlier system called Todo.txt

Some people are going to find these to be excellent tools: each is a good todo list for users who are comfortable with command lines (as opposed to a standard browser interface with links, buttons, and icons).

However, even for users with exceptional tech skills, there’s an advantage to Good Todo in the todo list: Good Todo can accept emails. As described in the previous post, you can forward an email - with all of its details, attachments, and timestamp data - to the todo list, where it gets stored.

Many todos arrive via email, full of details. Who wants to copy and paste all of those details into a techie todo list, let alone retype it all? For techies and for the rest of us, use Good Todo.


How to Forward an Email to Today's To-Do List

Forward emails from your inbox to Good Todo. Then you can manage your tasks there.

For example:

• find an email in your inbox that contains a to-do or action item

• forward that email to today@goodtodo.com

• log in to goodtodo.com (or log in to the iOS or Android Good Todo mobile app)

There: you should see the action item sitting on today’s to-do list! (To send an action item to tomorrow, forward the email to tomorrow@goodtodo.com.)

Questions? Contact us.