In the last few months, my use of HabitRPG has become fixed. There have been quite a few improvements — including moving the annoying rewards to the bottom and a dedicated iOS app release. This has meant the retirement of my calendar tracking system completely. Although I regret not having the extra information that the calendar setup provides, the stat-taking doesn’t don’t suffer when I am travelling.
It’s been a while that I knew that my Things setup was not ideal for tracking research projects due to the lack of clear cut “next actions”. Moreover, documenting every day’s progress seems a more useful tool to stay on track than the next actions. So I have, in spite of David Allen’s assertion that there is no difference between “work” and “life”, decided to move all my research-related projects to Evernote. All my “work errands” still remain in Things — tasks like submitting forms, emailing people, registering for conferences etc. But the actual research projects are no longer there. This also removes quite a lot of clutter from the next actions and I suspect will actually improve the usability of Things.
The only wish I have now is the ability to export the Things next actions list into HabitRPG’s tasks so I can get points for completing tasks. That would be fantabulous!
So here is the current setup:
Main task manager: Things
Research manager: Evernote
Daily tasks/habits: HabitRPG
Deletions: I’ve gotten rid of the physical calendar and the post-it notes.
Reviews: Daily posts reg. research progess + weekly review and research summary post + bi-weekly family review.