Struggling to keep track of everything I need to do. How does everyone keep track?

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Global handwritten to do list for the week, which is basically the next 1-2 tasks for each matter. Those are listed in order of priority, and the list gets marked up thru the week. Then, a large post-it note each day with a list of my tasks to do each day. Save the lists until the end of the week so I can look back and see if I missed anything along the way.

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Glad to see someone else does this… though I usually have a pile of paper on a clipboard by the end of the week.

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I use One Note and also find Outlook’s Cortana to be very helpful. It tells me when I am owing someone tasks and each day let’s me know a task I may have missed due to the language in my e-mail or the sender’s e-mail. For instance, if I said something like ‘I’ll revert’ or ‘I’ll look into this’ or someone told me something like ‘Can you review’ etc., Cortana sends me an e-mail every morning to review those e-mails and I can click Done or Remind Me. There might be a way to set it up to help you track tasks that come through e-mails in addition to using any to-do list (online or written).

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Old fashioned paper to do list. It gets scribbled on all day as things come in, then I compile a new, neat list for the next day whenever I stop working that day.

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I tried so many systems over the years - Outlook tasks, GTD, Trello, Excel spreadsheets, a million different note-taking apps...nothing quite like a handwritten list, though!

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Let others chase me /s

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White board has larger deadlines / calls / closings, running to do list of smaller tasks

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I do a white board - one side with the months upcoming deadlines and the other side, I write down all the tasks that I need to have completed for the next day. I also keep a Master To Do list on my desktop, organized by the date I added a task to the list.

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Adderall

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I use my inbox as a to-do list (file everything that’s dealt with or doesn’t need to be dealt with) and I email myself compulsively whenever I think of anything that needs to be actioned

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I recently started doing this. It worked well for awhile - I left things “unread” that I still needed to deal with. Except now I have 200+ “unread” emails. 🙈🙈🙈

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Master to do lists all the way!

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Todoist is an incredible app

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Thirding! It’s my favorite.

One note with a master list of all my cases including client matter numbers. Then separate folders in one note that include my notes. I usually have a hard copy to do list I manage weekly and one I manage daily as well, but that one note is a life saver.

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Same, OneNote - table with the matters, task, follow-up or due date; emails get filed and either answered immediately, noted on there or delegated. Also have a shortened daily list and call list on that oneNote page

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Something that works for me is a chart on my wall divided by “this week”, “next week”, “this month”…then I just write sticky notes for individual tasks and move them between the columns. The sticky notes are also color coded based on the task type - motions, investigation, discovery, client calls, etc

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Paper checklist broken out by matter I’m staffed on. Helps me keep a good general idea of what is on my plate at all times.

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I just spent two hours consolidating my task lists into a single master list in excel that I can (hopefully) update daily. All my organization systems fall apart after a whiles

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Table to dos and push work down together with the follow-up - not that I consistently do what I preach here

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Trello. I have it open on google chrome all day. Diff lists—to do, doing, out of my hands, back burner, and done. I put the general assignment in the title and as I get more direction I make comments to the card. I love it. Also have it on my phone.

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Associate 13 - good pointer. I’ve been struggling bc I work for two partners who email quite a bit. This makes it easy to miss something bc it gets caught up in the chaos- this is a good idea so I know at end of day (or first thing in am) to check folder, make sure I’ve responded and add to task list for tracking.

Getting Things Done + OmniFocus

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Excel spreadsheet. Put everything in there even emails you need to follow up on and administrative tasks. Put it on your list as soon as you get it.

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Workflowy but in the processing of switching to Trello.

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I second Workflowy. It’s beautifully simple.

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Outlook folder for all to do emails, paper list

Post its all over my desk, organized by matter.

Old fashion pencil and paper planner. It saves my life.

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