Sure, I write an article like “Full power on takeoff” and then go on vacation for a week. 🙂
Here are some tools I use to keep track of everything, both as Secretary and Wannabe President:
- Remember The Milk, http://www.rememberthemilk.com. Web-based todo lists. Works on smartphones too. Faster than many desktop apps.
- Evernote, http://www.evernote.com. Notes, web clipping, saving documents — there’s a very good chance that if you can store it on a computer, you can clip it to Evernote and take it with you wherever you go. Windows, Mac, smartphone, web clients. Windows client works acceptably on Linux under Wine. (Evernote version 3.1, I think; haven’t tried 3.5 or 4.0. Just discovered 4.0 for Windows today, in fact, and haven’t had a chance to put it onto my Linux box.)
- Groupanizer. The Society recommends it, too. My chapter is just getting started with it, so I can’t cite too many specifics.
- Google Mail, Google Calendar. Get your mail and etc from anywhere.
All these tools have good documentation and active and helpful forums.