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Mark Forster Superfocus task management and his previous systems does work for me. However, it was written for a pen/paper notebook implementation. I have problem implementing it on my Android mobile.

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You should look for a list app that would allow you to create multiple lists so you can have each column in a different list, and to overcome the small screen size it should allow you to jump in term of pages. Where if task 1 - 8 are displayed, you can jump to task 9-10.

Even better would be software that shows these lists above each other so you don't have to switch.

> Important
- Task 1
- Task 2
- Task 3

> Not Important
- Task 1
- Task 2
- Task 3

If you don't have multiple lists, you could attempt to list the important tasks first and use a divider entry:

- Important Task 1
- Important Task 2
- Important Task 3
- ----------------
- Task 1
- Task 2
- Task 3
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Currently, I'm inclined towards multi level collapsible outliner as the best tool to implement SuperFocus. So 1st level can represent pages, 2nd level be the tasks, and use separators to divide the "Urgent/Column2" from normal tasks. –  sabre23t Jul 1 '11 at 9:32
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Marking this as the answer. I agree that any notable list management software would be able to implement Mark Forster's Superfocus (and related) systems. I've used Toodledo, Checkvist, and currently using iRT GTasks Outliner/Google Tasks combo. –  sabre23t Jul 7 '11 at 3:23
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I doubt this technique would work well on a mobile device. Here is why I think that:

Entering the text takes too long. Text entry is slow, much slower than handwriting. That might change in the future, but keyboard entry is slow.

The screen is too small. The advantage of the page is that you can see the entire list without scrolling. Your eye can jump from top to bottom in no time at all. On most mobile devices you'd have to scroll up and down as well as sideways.

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Check out Dasher, which makes text entry a breeze where there is no keyboard. There is an early/beta release listed for Android on that page, and I think that such applications work across the whole device where text entry is required (not entirely sure)... –  Tom Wijsman Jun 30 '11 at 12:28
    
Currently I'm using ViewPad7 with Android 2.2 and SWYPE 3.0. That does make the data entry much faster. Well, at least it's now about 50%-80% of my touch typing speed. The 7" WVGA (800x480) screen does allow more lines (list items) to be displayed especially when using it in portrait mode. With iRT GTasks Outliner, I'm able to see ~18 items with text fonts at about 12pts size. It shows ~25 items with text about 9pts (less comfortable). So those two considerations are not limiting. Getting a good way to "emulate" the paper SuperFocus works, is a bit harder though. –  sabre23t Jul 1 '11 at 9:19
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Tom, that Dasher input method does look interesting. SWYPE already works quite well for me, but it never hurts to look at alternatives. ;-) –  sabre23t Jul 1 '11 at 9:28
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