The Ultimate VIM TODO List
With a TODO list of over 500 items I clearly need advanced software to manage my tasks. And finally I have found just the tool for the job...
After trying web based project trackers, spreadsheets, desktop project management apps, calendar based, email-based, smartphone apps and everything else I could think of, it looks like I'll be sticking with my plain text todo file with a couple of handy VIM scripts.
Here's how it works.The Ultimate VIM TODO List
My todo.txt is just a tab-separated text file that looks something like this:
1 8 roger tax return 1 12 seo keyword tools 1 20 web single domain login access 2 1 blog ultimate VIM TODO list 2 2 web settings page broken 2 2 cms http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website_builder 3 3 blog glassfish-vs-tomcat-update.txt 3 5 blog enums in jsf
The first column is priority and the second is a time estimate in hours. I sort by priority then time by using the following VIM command.
:%!sort -k1,1n -k2,2n -s
Which I map to a custom command (S) in my .vimrc file:
:command S %!sort -k1,1n -k2,2n -s
Using a plain text file for my TODO list is the simplest and fastest way I found to manage my jobs. With VIM I can add tasks anywhere in the list and then use VIMs powerful commands to sort, search and filter my tasks. If I ever need to I can also open up my list in a spreadsheet program, although so far I haven't had to do that.
Give it a try, or let me know if you think you have a better task management system in the comments below.
Roger Keays is an artist, an engineer, and a student of life. Since he left Australia in 2009, he has been living as a digital nomad in over 40 different countries around the world. Roger is addicted to surfing. His other interests are music, psychology, languages, and finding good food. Click here to subscribe to his weekly blog, or stalk him on Facebook and Twitter.