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    I want to remember to look for a restaurant for Valentine's day a month in advance. I currently create a recurring task due in January each year. I am trying to follow "best practices" and remove unnecessary due dates, would it be better to drop a note in my January tickler folder instead?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Tickler

    For something like this I would use my Tickler file.

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    • #3
      Thanks.

      Thanks. I thought so, just wanted some affirmation. I also just read the tickler article from GTD connect and it is pretty clear birthdays, anniversaries, etc... should be tracked in the tickler files.

      I am excited to try this because my next action lists are going to be so much more focued without those items to distract me!!

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      • #4
        or alternatively

        Another option would be to put a reminder in your calendar. I tried a tickler file but I just didnt have enough stuff in it to make me work it regularly, so I never built the habit. I now put day specific tasks whenever I need a reminder about something. On the very rare occasion that's tied to a piece of paper, I file it and note the file name on the reminder.

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        • #5
          thin files for me too

          Thanks for the alternative suggestion. I too am worried that I don't have enough for the files. That really is the reason for not using it originally. With birthdays, anniversaries, oil changes, and other general maintenance items, I am going to give it a try. Since I just want a reminder and don't need to actually complete the task on a given day I am going to keep these off my calendar for now so that I take my calendar seriously. (I had that problem with false due dates on my task list).

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          • #6
            calendar

            Originally posted by Grenouille View Post
            Since I just want a reminder and don't need to actually complete the task on a given day I am going to keep these off my calendar for now so that I take my calendar seriously..
            On the given day I move the task to my next action or project list, which is what I think you would do with the piece of paper anyway (if it was a task)

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            • #7
              Yes

              Yep. Sounds like either method would work similarly.

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