Having at last got rid of the distractions that have been plaguing me and driving me to distraction, I am now ready to draw up my List of Things to Do. As Churchill himself was wont to say, ACTION THIS DAY. The contents of the list are not only boring but private, but the MANNER of drawing up the list may be of comfort to anyone afflicted with a gnat-like memory. (Blessed are the forgetful for they shall something or other.) The challenge boils down to finding a system that enables me to note down the chore in the nanosecond separating the thinking and the forgetting.
So what are the options?
- Pen (pencil) and paper.This bygone to a throwback era, that's what I said, has its adepts. Provided that I can remember to have these attributes to hand, there is a decent chance that I can jot down my thoughts before the clouds descend. But how can I be sure of having pen and paper with me at all times? The only solution is to make a note to this effect and add it to my list of things to do.
- Google Keep: the great advantage of Keep is that it is "cross-platform" as we nerds like to say, that is to say that you can create, add to and otherwise edit notes regardless of whether your device runs on Windows, iOS, Android or Chrome. The great drawback is that it only works online and is therefore, for all practical purposes, useless.
The trouble is that, whatever option I choose, I still have to CONSULT my list for best results, so I think it is time to draw a veil on this senseless "challenge" and this wretched post.