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I have been thinking about setting up a trickle list to help me get some more strategic stuff done next to all the physical next actions that I capture using GTD. Normally, when I do my weekly review I see my focus fields and think: "Oh yeah, I should've done more xyz".

Then I read Rand's article on the trickle list, which seems to be just what I need.

Does anybody else use this? What are your thoughts on and experience with it?

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possible duplicate of Techniques for mind dump (including mind sweeps/trigger lists) – Joe Feb 26 '12 at 9:46
Hi Joe, not really. The trickle list is not used for mind sweeping and not a trigger list used to generate ideas. It is a list of things you want to do every day/week/month to ensure you keep the strategic goals in focus, like getting more fit, getting networked in the office, etc. – Martijn Damen Feb 26 '12 at 12:46
Yep - apologies, it's much clearer after the edits...Interesting stuff... – Joe Feb 26 '12 at 16:51

I don't use Rands technique, but I do something similar with a tickler file. That's 43 folders, one for each day of the month and one for each month of the year. Every morning, I check the file first thing every morning, and part of regular processing is to drop things into the file for future use. See for a detailed explanation.

So when I have something I want to do occasionally, but not put on the task list, I drop a 3x5 card in my tickler file, a day or two in the future. When I clear the folder in the morning, I'm reminded of what it is I want to do occasionally. And I drop the card back into the tickler file somewhere random a couple days in the future.

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Thanks Dennis, I also use the 43 folders tickler file, but for my goal it is not really usefull as I travel a lot and it is located in my home office. But using it to be reminded of stuff that is not for that particular date but general needed is a nice thought. – Martijn Damen Feb 27 '12 at 5:27

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