David Seah

David is an Investigative designer, who enjoys game design and programming. David created paperbased productivity tools and personal development for nerdy creatives.

When researching David Seah I came across his Emergent Task Planner (ETP), it is basically a paper-based daily planning sheet that is designed to help keep you focused in the face of chaos- for me thats definitely when it comes to submitting my work, when submitting my work for IXD302 and IXD301, I felt very flustered as there was too much going on. 

The planning sheet helps as it allows you to start the day by declaring what you want to get done, the ETP helps you stick to the plan by task, time and scheduling support.

Because the list is paper it is easy to keep the list in view without getting consumed by other screens . It is portable and always, on which is good for adding extra notes and to do’s. 

The ETP is designed around three ideas:

  • Focus – A small set of important tasks is more likely to get done.
  • Assessment – Estimating and tracking task time helps you allocate your time more effectively.
  • Time Visualization – There are only so many hours in the day. By showing you the time you have left, you can see whether your planning is realistic or not.

How to use:

  1. Write-in the date and hours of the day at the top and left-side of the form with your favorite pen.
  2. Write-in three tasks you want to do, more if you are feeling optimistic!
  3. Block-out the time to do them in the day grid on the left.
  4. Keep notes of interruptions and unplanned tasks as necessary.
  5. Review at end of day, and prioritize what’s left for tomorrow.

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