Getting Things Diced
If, like me, you are prone to procrastination and/or indecision, you may find the following technique useful. It’s a simple way of choosing which task to do next from a To Do list. It is based on chance, but is novel in that it takes into account your priorities.
Requirements : one or two dice, pen & paper, minimal motivation.
- Write down a list of around 11 tasks you wish to do
- Alongside each task write down its relative priority from 1 (high) to 11 (low). If you have less than 11 items just leave out the higher numbers, if you have more than 11 items leave the lowest priority tasks unnumbered.
- Next to the priority number, write down the ‘target’ number in the following table:
- Roll the di(c)e
- Do the task with target corresponding to the sum of two dice
Once you’ve done that, it’s up to you how to proceed – maybe replace the task/target with another, maybe just ignore that target on the next roll, maybe write out a whole new list.
On my own current todo list is the task of making a nice printable version of this. When that happens depends on when I next get a 2.
How it Works
The following should explain:
|Die 1||Die 2|
– and in chart form :
Finally I know your secret!