Here's a really simple technique for managing short-term to-do
lists in Emacs with
I start the day by creating a new to-do flie in
outline-mode. I use different outline levels to
keep tasks organized by area. Since I have
font-lock-mode enabled by default, all of my tasks
end up in various colors. When I complete a task, I simply
prepend a space to that line in the file. As Emacs no longer
considers the line an outline heading, it loses its
highlighting, thus marking the task done.
For instance, here's what today's to-do list looked like at some point this afternoon:
There are certainly more featureful ways to manage your to-do items, but this is an exceptionally simple method for handling more ad-hoc tasks that come up during the day's Emacsing.