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Sometimes the Ferris Bueller approach to life breaks down. Here's how to get it back on track.
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The Ferris Bueller Guide to Task Management

“Life moves pretty fast,” observed noted philosopher Ferris Bueller in the 1980s film classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

All well and good, Ferris. But sometimes we don’t have time to stop and look around, because urgent crises are erupting.

When life’s moving fast and throwing new tasks at you, that’s when some task manager apps can crack under the strain. Previously important tasks need to be rescheduled in order to fit the newest, most urgent to do crisis actions into the schedule.

The Recurrer app rolls with the Buelleresque punches. If a crisis erupts and all your carefully organised plans of what you’d like to do today are disrupted, then Recurrer adjusts appropriately.

First, it’s easy to throw a new urgent item into the list. There’s a great big ‘+’ button in the top right of the screen. Hit it, type in what you have to do and the Recurrer app will fill in default values and star the task so it stays right at the top of the list until you either complete it or unstar it.

Secondly, all the other tasks on your list? The ones that Recurrer had previously scheduled for you to do today? They automatically float into tomorrow’s schedule. As always, the choice for which apps will be pushed out of today’s schedule are based upon the flexibility you’ve built into the recurring tasks. Tasks with little flexibility will tend to stick around. Tasks with lots of flexibility will make room for this new crisis.

And, of course, once the crisis has passed and you do have time to stop and look around, you can always go back and tweak any of those freshly added tasks, setting them up to recur (if necessary) so that you don’t get hit with a similar crisis in the future.

That, to also quote Ferris, is ‘so choice’.

Try Recurrer for free from the App Store now.

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