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What a to-do: studies of task management towards the design of a personal task list manager

 

This paper reports on the results of studies of task management to support the design of a task list manager. We examined the media used to record and organize to-dos and how tasks are completed over time. Our work shows that, contrary to popular wisdom, people are not poor at prioritizing. Rather they have well-honed strategies for tackling particular task management challenges. By illustrating what factors influence task completion and how representations function to support task management, we hope to provide a strong foundation for the design of a personal to-do list manager. We also present some preliminary efforts in this direction.

 
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Bellotti, V. ; Dalal, B. ; Good, N. ; Bobrow, D. G. ; Ducheneaut, N. What a to-do: studies of task management towards the design of a personal task list manager. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2004); 2004 April 24-29; Vienna; Austria. NY: ACM; 2004; 735-742.