What Are You Doing

What is this?
A very simple way of keeping track of your small tasks online.

Can I use it?
Yep.  Feel free to experiment with it.  There's a test account.  Try signing in as, test with the password test.  But don't rely on that account because others may be goofing around with it too.  If you like the service, create your own account.

How would I use it?
The best way to use this is to only add about a day's worth of tasks at a time.  There should only be two or three open tasks.  Then, set task.dlma.com as your home page, and it'll helpfully remind you what you should be doing.  When you finish tasks, you'll be rewarded by having that task printed with a line drawn through it.

Can I share my list?
Yep.  You can share the status of your tasks with others, but they won't be able to change your tasks like you can.  

For example, the user "test" can publish his tasklist with the following url:


Each list also has an RSS feed.

Why do I have to submit an email address?
In case you forget your password or sign-in account name.  A new password would be emailed to the email address you specify.  Feel free to use a mailinator account, or other bogus address.

Is the password secure?
It's encrypted with a one-way encryption scheme, so your password can never be decrypted back to the plaintext.  That's why, if you lost your password, a new one will be generated and emailed to you.

Why did you write this?
There is an old book in renewed vogue now (it's practically a meme) called, Getting Things Done.  I like the concept of focusing on one task at hand, without getting bogged down or distracted by the enormity of the bigger picture.

I've recently begun using a Hipster PDA at work, and it's working out well. A similar good idea is the PocketMod. I thought I'd move the concept online.

Mark Wieczorek elaborates here on a technique for individual contributors like myself to focus on one task at a time.   Then he suggests other productivity techniques, the last of which is to set your homepage to a page the reminds you of what you're supposed to be doing.

I'd really like it to have a field for due dates...
I heartily recommend Joel Spolsky's Painless Software Schedules.  Be sure to use the WORKDAY function from the Analysis Toolpak.

I'd really like it to have a way to show task dependencies...
I heartily recommend software that presents a Gantt chart.  Perhaps you'd like Microsoft Project.

I want to track and share my life goals, not daily tasks.
That's exactly what 43 Things is for.  It's very cool!

I'd really like it to be more generic...
You should check out the Ta-da Lists.  They might be just what you're looking for.

I see you have one link to 43 folders, and another to 43 things.
Now you're getting way off-topic.  But it's funny, huh?

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