Let's take a look at the main components of Strikethru in more detail:


The Live List

The Live List is the most important part of the system because it's the only list you will ever reference when it comes to actually working on your tasks. 

The Live List contains what needs done now.

It can be used in two ways depending on your preference:

1. As a to-do today list. This means the list is only live for today and at the end of the day, every item on the list needs to be accounted for ( i.e. marked as completed, deleted or carried over). This approach is suitable for people with a lot of different tasks each day.

2. As a rolling to-do list. This means the list doesn't expire until it's full. Every item on it is live for as long as there is space. As soon as the list is filled, you then create a new list and review all the items on the old list. This approach is suitable for people that don't complete a lot of tasks each day, 

The Live List is populated during what is called the Review. The Review is explained in detail further down, but its function is to maintain The Live List. If you use the first method, you will need to do a short review of your Live List each night. The second method also requires a review but only when you've filled your Live List and require more space.

Whatever method you use, the most important rule to remember is: THERE IS ONLY EVER ONE LIVE LIST



The Dump

The Dump is as it sounds. A dumping ground for all your brain farts.

It isn't structured like the Live List because it's only used to capture your 'Before I forget' moments. Essentially it's just a load of blank pages ready for your scribbles.

During your Reviews, you should go through The Dump and see if there are any items that need to be pulled into The Live List (i.e. it needs done now) or The Vault.

Whilst it is an important section to help you capture and relieve your brain of niggling to-dos, you should never work on something directly from the Dump section.



The Vault

The Vault is used to collect tasks that can go straight into a defined list. For example, if you have a list of to-dos for a particular project, you would write the project title at the top of the page and start listing your todos. When you're ready to work on certain tasks or even whole lists you should pull them into The Live List. You'll notice for lists in The Vault there is a small box at the top of each page called the tag. This is to define the list type so you can easily identify the purpose of each list. For example a tag of Gr would denote a grocery list, Mo would denote a monthly todo list and Go would imply the list refers to your goals. A comprehensive list of these tags is available to download with the setup but you can and should use your own tags where appropriate.  



The Calendar

The Calendar is a slightly modified version of a standard month by month calendar. The main difference is there is room for monthly to-dos, weekly to-dos and daily to-dos. Every item written into The Calendar is a reference to an item in the Vault. During a Review you can pull items into The Calendar (and pull them from it into The Live List when they needs attention). The Calendar is particularly useful for scheduling appointments. 


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