I'm not sure if I'm posting at the right category. Anyway I just wanted to share a cool task management tool which really puts everything in perspective.
This isn't new. I believe this program has been around for a while now but many are not aware of it because it's not heavily promoted.
I discovered this a couple of years ago from a newsletter by Randy Ingermason -- a fiction author I've been following. It's called Fractal Planner. (Go ahead and Google it). Basically, it allows you to rearrange tasks and subtasks in an orderly manner.
But here's what's unique about the Fractal Planner. When we create tasks for a particular project, many of these are still unclear and need to be broken down into subtasks. And from these subtasks, some still need to be broken down until they become concrete and doable.
With Fractal planner, you can do this in as much depth as you want.
For example if you're an ebook publisher. Your tasks involve planning the topic, researching, writing, revising, editing, creating cover design, and promoting.
If you've ever written an ebook before, you know there's so much more to that. For example when promoting, you'll need to write a sales copy first (duh). But before you do that, you need to find the benefits of your ebook and find out how to outline them in a persuasive manner. Then you also need to outsource the landing page and design. But not before you put up a job posting somewhere.
In short, some tasks can't be done without doing their subtasks first. And from those subtasks, there are still some mini subtasks.
In the process, it's easy to get overwhelmed and lose sight of your goal especially if you have other projects/goals going on.
Here's what I love about the Fractal Planner:
- It allows me to view my projects in detail without losing sight of the big picture.
- It helps me see how each subtask fits in my major goal.
- It declutters all the random tasks floating in my mind. There's a nifty feature called Clear Mind Wizard which does just that.
- Keeps me laser-focused on whatever project I'm working on
- Also allows me to schedule my tasks in Google calendar, Woot woot!
Only downside I see is there's no mobile app for this so I need to be on the computer every time I need to access the planner. (I get around this by printing out my Master Plan) This is also a subscripton-based program to be paid monthly.
I think the price is worth it considering the amount of focus it gives me. As a result I'm no longer overwhelmed and more motivated to carry out my goals.
Overall, this is the best task management I've tried. I've tried many others including Remember the Milk, and though I love its simplicity, it doesn't allow me to create levels for each task. The only similar programs I know that allow me to plan this way are mindmaps. But still, they don't give the same task management functionalities as Fractal planner does.
If you guys know of a similar program let me know. Would also love to hear your thoughts about this.