I’ve given up on having a favorite pen with me everywhere. I just leave it in my office when i’m doing work.
I just find a cheap pen at the office supply store that writes nicely enough and I buy a bunch. I take a few of these pens and put them in my messenger bag. If I lose these cheap pens while i’m outside, I don’t really care. My good pen is stuck in the office and will never leave.
The biggest reason for me to have a journal is to see what ideas I’ve missed when I had a moment of inspiration at the time of capture. Reviewing the journal (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) has helped me tremendously. Otherwise, it was just a notebook filled up with experiences and I just threw it away. The journal review has become as essential as my OmniFocus daily/monthly/weekly review.
I actually have one single action list for repeating tasks. These are the repeating chores that needs to get done around the house. I put them in a single action list called “House Routines”. I can see it also called “Housekeeping” or “Housecleaning”. Whatever label works for you. This single action list contains nothing but repeating tasks.
• cut the grass
• change water filtration cartridges
• Take out the trash
• Clear out cat litterbox
I flag the single action list so that it shows up in my dashboard view. The household chores don’t have a due date but they are forced to show up in the dashboard because they are automatically flagged.
Next, I have another single action list for my one-off tasks for the house. I currently call it “House Single Actions”. These are all the one-off tasks that pop up throughout the day or week. This single action list is not flagged. But I will flag some one-off tasks if needed.
It’s easier for me to see all of the household chores in the “House Routines” list instead of mixing in a bunch of one-off tasks.
I’m always interested in seeing how you figure out your sharpen the saw context. Good luck.
Good one on that dumpster fire!