Is it something like this?
O Letter to Bob
If you are anything like me, you can't remember why you are going to the bank, have to check the freezer to see if you need to buy chicken or if you just need to cook it, and can't ever send the letter to Bob because you keep forgetting to buy stamps!
There is a better way to write a to do list.
Tricks for Writing One Step Tasks
The keys to writing a task (whether a single task or a task that takes multiple steps - something I'll discuss below) are starting with a verb and adding enough detail.
For example, include verbs by writing:
O Deposit check at bank
O Defrost chicken for supper
O Write letter to Bob
Action verbs give you immediate guidance about what needs to be done.
Add enough information to make sure you know exactly what to do when the time comes.
For example, I might always deposit my paycheck, so I don't need to write down which check. But maybe I need to know that I am writing the letter to Bob to complain an extra charge on my electricity bill.
O Write letter to Bob about General Electric re: bill
Projects Still Belong on To Do Lists
If something takes a lot of steps, like planning a birthday party, it is a project. I've written extensively about project pages.
It's great to plan out a project step-by-step, but are you really going to check your project pages every day? I bet you won't!
Instead, create project pages, but put the name of the project on your task list on the next date when you need to work on the project.
For example, if you are planning a birthday party, create a project for the party, complete with a to do list, a list of who to invite, and a menu. If you name the project "Birthday" and have to start by sending out invitations next Tuesday, write the following on next Tuesday's task list:
O P Birthday
"P" stands for project.
Multiple Step Tasks That Aren't Projects
Sometimes there is a multistep task that just isn't big enough for a project.
For example, today I need to refill a certain prescription. The problem? I also have to pre-approve the script and, after filling it, sort it into a weekly pill box.
Here's how I handle it.
 Call for approval
@app: drop off Rx
@Rx call: pick up Rx
@Rx: sort into weekly sorter
All the steps are there. The circle indicates the multi-step task, while the steps are listed after squares. Since each step is waiting on a prior step, I use an @ to indicate what I am waiting on.
If I am doing something with several steps, but order doesn't matter much, I'll do this:
Eliminate restricted ones
@elimination: send list to husband
 Pick Jamaica
 Pick Cozumel
 Make prep lists for leaving the ship
Usually, five steps is about my limit. If it takes more steps, I do a project instead.
TIP: Do the same multi-step project every month? Make several copies of a checklist and use that each month.
Takes notes in your planner on these rules! They are worth learning and remembering.
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