Simple To-Do Lists with Fences

Adding a reminder to email my bossToday I’ll share a trick I’ve been using to keep myself organized. It relies on a piece of software called Fences (free version) and Windows shortcuts. Fences is a program designed to help you organize icons on your desktop by dividing the desktop into rectangular areas (“fences”) into which you put icons. Even if you don’t want to use it for a to-do list, it’s pretty cool all on its own.

I can make a “fence” just wide enough for one icon, so it looks like a list. All I have to do now is add an icon and it will slide up to the top of my list. I find it’s most useful to create shortcuts to add to the list, so I can have easy access to the file, a reminder to do something about it, and when I’ve completed the task I simply delete the shortcut. Once the shortcut is deleted all the other shortcuts automatically move up in the list, which some how feels more satisfying than simply deleting a shortcut.

To give it a whirl you can grab a copy of fences here and of course if you have any to do list tricks let us know in the comments.

Regrettably, Fences is for Windows only and isn’t as powerful as a dedicated to-do list app like Remember the Milk,  Task Coach, or Toodledo.  All three of these will work on Windows and Macs and will sync with your iPhone and other PDAs. But Fences is great for some quick desktop organization.