Getting Started

1. What is 'Do It Tomorrow'?

'Do It Tomorrow' is a unique and very effective approach to time management. It was developed by Mark Forster, author of the book with the same name.

'Do It Tomorrow' is also a Windows desktop application based on the book’s concepts and ideas. It helps you to track, organise, reuse, export, print, and summarize your tasks. 

For more information about the basic principles and approach to time management by using 'Do It Tomorrow', please read the Do It Tomorrow - Basic Principles document.


2. To which list should I add a task?

There are four task lists in the 'Do It Tomorrow' application:

  • Today’s planned task list (closed list).
  • Today’s unplanned task list (urgent list).
  • Tomorrow’s task list.
  • Backlog.

You should add to the closed list only planned tasks. Do not make any commitment to your clients, friends, or to yourself for any task you cannot finish on a planned day - add it instead to the tomorrow’s list. The only exception are urgent tasks which have to be done immediately or on the same day. If your list is already closed, add the urgent task to the urgent list.

And, finally, you should add a task to the backlog whenever you don’t know the date when it should be completed. Do remember, however, that an empty backlog should be one of your main time management priorities.


3. Add a new task

You can add a new task by simply entering its description and duration in the first row of the task list.
  1. Click in the new row area where the dimmed text "Click here to add a new row" is displayed.

  2. Enter a description and, optionally, change the default duration for the task. You can move between fields with the TAB key.

  3. Confirm the task using the Enter key. The task is saved in the first row in the list. The new row area is ready for entering another task.


4. Modify a task

You can modify a previously created task simply by changing its description or duration.


5. Delete a task

If you want to delete a task you have to select it and then use the Delete command.

  1. The safest way to select a task is to click on the row indicator field, which is at the beginning of each row.

  2. When the row is selected, its background colour changes to blue. To delete the selected row, you can press the Delete key.
    Alternatively, you can use the Delete command from the mouse right-click pop-up menu.

    Before deleting the selected row, the application asks you to confirm the delete action.

  3. Click Yes to confirm the delete action.


6. Complete a task

After you have finished a task, you should mark it as completed.

  1. To mark a task as completed, simply click on the Completed checkbox.

    Please note that a row is not saved until you click to another row or, generally speaking, move the focus from the row you are editing. While you are editing a row, the row indicator is in the edit mode as shown in the picture above.

  2. After the row has been saved, the text in the completed task changes its format - it becomes decorated with the strikethrough effect.


7. Close the daily task list

Closing the task list is the applications representation for drawing a line under the list of today's planned tasks. It separates planned tasks from unplanned or urgent tasks.

  1. To close today’s task list, click on the Close list button in the Tasks toolbar group.

    Before performing the command itself, the application displays a message box with the consequences of closing today’s task list.

  2. If you are ready to close the list, confirm it with the Yes button.

8. Change a day

The application will show the current day whenever you start it. If you want to display tasks from another day, you have several options:

  • Click on a day in the calendar control.

  • If you want to move just one day forward, click on the Next day button or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+(Right Arrow).

  • If you want to move one day backward, click on the Prev. day button or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+(Left Arrow).

  • If you want to return to the current day, click on the Today button or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+T.


9. Print a task list

  1. To print a task list for the current day, click on the Print Preview button in the toolbar.

  2. The task list preview is displayed and you can use one of the printing buttons in the toolbar.