Color code your tasks using The Printable CEO as guide

David Seah’s printable CEO is an excellent guide on which tasks to tackle first and which distractions to deal with later. It lists various answers to the question: When is something worth doing? The answers are color coded and come with points, ranked based on their importance to your goals. Seah uses it to track his tasks using a printable progress chart that he fills up.

I use Seah’s printable CEO as guide but I do not keep track of the scores of my tasks. Instead, I use it as guide on which tasks to perform first. I organize tasks by topics and use color code, based on the printable CEO, to prioritize.

I then implemented this in BackPackIt using the Firefox extension Xinha Here, which launches a visual HTML editor for any text entry area (screenshots below). I edited the main page of my free BackPackIt account and used it as dashboard. For the body text, I entered my version of The Printable CEO and used color coding.

I then used Xinha Here! to enter list items so that I can specify the font color of each task item, based on its level of importance as defined by my priorities. Here’s a link to a sample page I set up.

Backpackit and printable CEO
I specified the color of the list item fonts using Xinha here. The color of each task item in the list reflects its importance, based on my answers to the question: When is something worth doing?

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4 responses

  1. Thanks for posting this! Great tip. We’ve posted it on the Backpack blog.

  2. Hm. The extension download link on the Xinha page is kind of broken. I’ll have to use the old version available at the Mozilla extensions site.

    Thanks anyway.

  3. Jason,
    Thanks for the link 🙂

    I’m sure the extension link in Hypercubed will be back up soon (it’s still broken right now). The latest version gives you more options: themes, plugins etc.

  4. I didn’t have too much trouble doing this same sort of stuff without the Xinha extension:

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