Personal information culture – Sasha Cagen’s To-do List


Sasha Cagen, a near-neighbour of mine in San Francisco, has published a book all about to-do lists – To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal About Us.

One of my complaints about HCI research into PIM is that it focuses on the organization and dis-organization of scientist, engineer, and business-y types. In contrast, “To-do list” is refreshingly real world. The book is itself a list – a list of to-do lists from all aspects of life – new years resolutions, lists you make whilst bored at work, relationships, shopping and more. All the lists were sent to Sasha’s To-do list magazine and blog, and each comes with a background story from the original list author, and a related “DIY list idea” from Sasha.

I couldn’t resist a list of some of my favourites:

  • A recovering list obsessive
  • Contacting God
  • Lofty goals
  • The list that won’t die
  • A list in code

Get yourself a copy to balance out your PIM bookshelf!

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