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!