You-Do vs. To-Do

On March 1, 2014, in Tips & Techniques, by JohnR

ToDo-vs-YouDoWe all know what a “to-do” list is and we all make them.

They are most often short reminders on scraps of paper, sticky notes, quick entries into iCal or perhaps even a specific to-do app. Even when a to-do list has a lot of items they seldom need much detail.

When you think about it, we already know what we want! Or we will simply decide when the time is right … we really just need a reminder!

But a “You-Do” list is definitely a horse of a different color. A You-Do list contains things you want SOMEONE ELSE to do! Consider a very simple shopping list where someone else would need more information to meet your expectations.

You-Do lists and notes often contain important instructions and cannot rely upon the convenience of your presence to make basic adjustments or clarifications. At the very least a You-Do list requires a greater degree of clarity.

What may seem obvious to you may well be open to interpretation by someone else.

There are many to-do apps but there is only one You-Do App. Marching Orders has been designed from the start to leave task lists for your workers!

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The Marching Orders App lets you snap pictures (or use any of the images from your Camera Roll) to help you define your worker’s tasks with better clarity. Add a text title and description, using dictation if you like, to further clarify and provide details. Edit or rearrange the tasks in the “marching order” to suit your needs and print or email for your worker.

It is also a great tool for after-action review with your workers to praise a job well done and to illustrate something that was not done properly.

Let’s say you own or manage a store and tell an employee to restock the widgets and gadgets. When you walk by to check on the work, the widgets look great but the gadgets were arranged poorly. That is a great opportunity to illustrate exactly how you want things done and what is wrong about the way the gadgets were stocked. Using Marching Orders, you can quickly take pictures of the two areas, indicate the details of your evaluation as needed and use the resulting file for training purposes.

Whether you are a business owner, property owner or a manager of employees; if you cannot be present to assign tasks to your workers, you will find valuable uses for Marching Orders!

And yes … Marching Orders can certainly make the “honey do” list shown, delivered via email while standing bewildered in the cheese section of the grocery store.



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Take Some Pictures

There is no "right way" to do it but most will find the easiest first step to be taking pictures that illustrate what you want the recipient of your Marching Orders to focus on. The app will let you crop and scale any photo if needed.

Dictate Some Text

Use Speech to Text if your device supports it to make this a really fast process or type in what you like for titles and/or descriptions. Pictures will help to minimize how much you need to enter to give good instructions!

Print Marching Orders!

Send your file to any AirPrint printer or email it as an attachment. With Marching Orders, you can easily give your staff a great task list with a minimum of time and effort! Check out our Tips & Techniques posts for more info!