Excellent topic, Steve. I'd say I'm good at organizing some things, but as you've put it, I'm realizing I have more of a vertical organizational approach. For example, user group meetings, doctors/dental appointments, etc. I put them all into my Outlook or Microsoft ToDo. Both transfer fine to my Android phone, so no problems, as far as this go.
But there's other things which I don't put on any list. Such as helping my daughter with a website for her writing business. Getting some things done around the house, which are long term and expensive projects (i.e.: they can't be done at any moment, but instead take planning, money, etc.) These are all on a sort of backlog, but not written down or recorded anywhere. That means I'm more than likely going to forget them, at least for a while. Then suddenly, something comes up and I go, "Oh yeah, I've got to help my daughter with her website!"
So, in some vertical domains, I do a good job of organizing myself. But not entirely across my life. This is just another example of me compartmentalizing my life. I'm not really found a way to wholistically organize my life.
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