Sometimes, a simple manual method is hard to beat for for sheer simplicity and reliability, even with advanced technology. I think flight progress strips are an excellent example of this.
A flight progress strip is a small strip of paper used to track a flight in air traffic control (ATC). The strip is mounted in a plastic boot and placed with other strips in a ‘strip board’. Each Flightstrip carries all the information a controller needs to know about a flight, and as instructions and information is given to the pilot. Also, the position of the strip in the board is a significant part of the information of the strip board. For example, approach and area controllers often keep their strips in level (altitude).
So why not use this system (or something that is based on it) for daily todo/task lists? Ok, if your not working in an ATC tower, your colleagues may look down at the flight strips at your desk and shake their heads in disbelief. But they will jealous once they discover that before lunch time, you’ve not only guided 12 airplanes safely to the ground, but also completed all your tasks efficiently and flawlessly!
But seriously, of course the ATC version of fps need some tweaking for office use, but I think the idea of using a physical system (for example wooden blocks) for prioritizing and ordering tasks is great.
I was disappointed to find out that there aren’t any existing products on the market that resemble the fps system (although at some people someone has had this idea before me. like this guy and this guy) .