ToDoList, an excellent, open source project management tool I almost missed

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  1. michalczyk

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    Sharpfish, nice to see your example. I like how you handle the done tasks, I just delete mine, although marking them as done and keeping it enhances the feeling of progression. I do that with my long term 2do section. Here is how I structure my global 2do list: (I intentionally left some items on the list intact to act as real life example)

    HTML:
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        SMALLER TASKS
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    HIGH PRIORITY:
    
        send license agreement to VA
        start adding my images to zazzle
        get Release USDR 19 and new version of dmak
        look into value click ads
        mirror art.eonworks
        fix $user_exp in _ew-art-gallery
    
    MEDIUM PRIORITY:
    
        find a firefox extension to take full page screenshots
        try text links on art.eonworks.com with http://www.text-link-ads.com/
        research gadolinium detox
        install: http://www.adlogger.org/download.php
        
        read:
            http://www.ranum.com/editorials/must-read/index.html  
            http://www.issc-taste.org/index.shtml
            http://igdreality.blogspot.com/
            http://www.centrehealing.com/Resources/artDYLifelongEnergy.html
    
        write description to the "endless opposites"
        send out newsletter
        move eonworks.com to a cheaper host
        possible webhosting deals:
            http://www.xeserve.com/shared.html
            http://www.apollohosting.com/hosting/
            http://hostgator.com/shared.shtml
    
        implement donations via paypal
        remove spam from eonworks.com email accounts
    
    LOW PRIORITY:
    
        rewrite my bio
        webpacman.com/
    
        look into web editors:
            http://www.w3.org/Amaya/
            http://www.nvu.com/
    
    ===========================================================================================================
            LARGE TASKS
    ===========================================================================================================
    
    
     task description                           state  plan  used  delay   plan-start   plan-done    completed
     ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     major improvements to art.eonworks.com      DONE   7D    9D    2D     2005-12-24   2005-12-31   2006-01-02
     article: backup tips for artist             DONE   4W    2W    0      2006-01-03   2006-02-01   2006-01-18
     increase traffic by 50% by 1'st April [3]   DONE   3M    2M    0      2005-12-25   2006-04-01   2006-03-01
     add sidebar to art.eonworks.com             DONE   2W    2W    0      2006-03-17   2006-04-31   2006-05-29
    
     create a free screensaver                   2DO    1W
     develop the puzzle game                     2DO    2M
     create games.eonworks.com with css          2DO    7D
    
     continue working on the shootem'up          HOLD   6M                 2005-05-15   2006-xx-xx
    
    
    
    It would be interesting to see how other people who use text files for 2do lists structure their layout, split the tasks, etc.
     
    #21 michalczyk, Sep 13, 2006
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  2. ggambett

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    I used to think like that, but once your life gets complicated on its own, you need more complicated software to keep track of it ;)
     
  3. michalczyk

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    Been there. Tip: Make sure life doesn't get too complicated, its easier that way ;)
     
  4. PaulModz

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    To each his own, man. In the end, it doesn't really matter what you use, as long as you really use it.

    The only two principals you really need to follow are:
    1. Make an estimate, track how long you took, and compare the results when done. This is the only way to get better at estimating how long things take.
    2. Use hours, not days, to define the length of each task. Any task estimated to take longer than 8 hours needs to be broken into subtasks. This actually forces you to design a feature before you start coding it.

    These both come from the article Painless Software Schedules from Joel on Software, the best software development article I've ever read. Even if you have a system you don't plan to change, you should still read the article as its full of both technical and psychological insights.
     
  5. Sean Doherty

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    Paul,

    The link to this article is not valid.

    Thanks
     
  6. Sean Doherty

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    I think this could be really useful if you could enter an esitmates and track time using a stop watch for each task. Also, if you could add an iteration of version number for each task, it could produce release notes?
     
  7. HalfLucifer

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  8. PaulModz

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    Glad you liked it, and thanks for posting the link to the article. Not sure what happened there.
     

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