The problem I have with all current to-do list and task management systems is that what I construe as being ‘tasks’ doesn’t seem to be compatible with what the software makers do.
In my definition of tasks – which perhaps is a bit closer to ‘stuff I need to tend to today,’ some can be completed, others serve mostly as reminders of current projects or even desired trends.
For instance, today there are a few things that I will have completed – read pp. x-y of z book, send this or that email, etc.
But there are also others that won’t be completed today – or perhaps ever. Moreover, they cannot be broken down into completeable tasks.
For example – work on ‘x’ song, edit ‘y’ video, etc. These are tasks that cannot be broken down into subtasks that you can schedule or complete. You can’t decide that once, for instance, you’ve worked on line 33–37 of a song, your work for today is complete. Nor can you assume that this is a task that at some point will get finished. Some creative works never do.
Or there may be, for instance, something you want to remind yourself that is neither an action nor a project: ‘Don’t suck so hard,’ for instance. Neither this nor the prior example is anything you can mark as done.
Shouldn’t there be a way to have these presented, almost as reminders, alongside ‘completable’ tasks?
So far I’ve been maintaining a list of notes in SimpleNote that start with xToday, then the date, then five tasks that I want to either complete or work on or otherwise direct my attention to on this given day.
It works but it’s not perfect.
Does anybody know of a software solution (preferably Mac/iOS with sync) that would address these concerns? If not, what are possible approaches to take?