I don’t actually know what a recursive list IS.
Seriously, despite my previous post’s intended jocularity, I do find that some task-manager software programs are helpful. Often the act of learning how a program works, will also be an act of finding out about a certain method of task-management. For example, I never knew what a Gantt Chart was until I noticed that one of my task-management programs offered the option of spitting all my outstanding tasks into Gantt Chart format. From there, I learned what the benefits (or problems?) of using the Gantt-charting system might be, so simply knowing Gantt’s recommendations and methods became a little helpful. But I don’t actually use the software to spit things into Gantt’s systems and, frankly, I can’t remember what the Gantt system is right now. So, it’s like, I love learning about new task-organizing methods, but I don’t ever benefit from that knowledge.
I think the strength of using a Bullet Journal for me comes down to one thing – I have to RE-WRITE the tasks on the next page. If you aren’t familiar with the “Bu-jo” I’d recommend you watch the video. Simply put, every new month, you “migrate” all of last month’s tasks onto the next month’s page. For me, the benefit is that, in so doing, I have to choose which tasks to REALLY think of as things I intend to do, as opposed to which things are just clutter on my task-list, put there more because I like the idea of pretty colors or of tagging the tasks by super-group or category. Thus, Bu-jo has a built in re-prioritization episode that is essentially forced on the user every thirty days or so. This I am using, and benefiting from. Also, Bu-jo allows me to be artsy-phartsy. I can get colored pens, I can draw pictures (seriously!), I can make arrows and circles and funny-hats and so on. I learned in Law School, that if my notes for a course are typed on a computer, I will have a very neat, very well-formatted outline, but I won’t know what’s in it; whereas, if I have a jumble of things I write down by hand in ink on (real; as in, hard-copy) paper, I may not be able to publish it for profit from a sale to undergrads, but I will do better in the class because I actually know the content of my notes, not just their typeface and indentation level.
For the Bu-jo migration, I am trying to notice what tasks seem to get forgotten or migrated regularly. For example, I have had on my to-do list for several months, the notion that I must find a new Primary Care doctor. (My previous doc got cancer and died in a rather quick surprise. Meanwhile, I have a doc for my ADHD meds, my prescribing psychiatrist, and I see him regularly no problem. But he doesn’t really want to do my asthma or the interaction necessary to recommend a physiotherapist for my runner’s knee. So I need a main doctor too.) I keep migrating this task, to get new primary care doc, from one month to the next, then the next, without ever starting it. We ADHDers have a word for this … PROCRASTINATION. At least now, thanks to the Bu-jo system, I’m being helped to notice that there is probably a WALL OF AWFUL that I am climbing on that particular subject. With the Bu-jo, I am kind of FORCED to notice that I’m climbing some sort of wall of awful (cf. video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo08uS904Rg ) and therefore it’s possible (though not really required) that I will some day confront some of the emotional issues in that wall. Maybe.