A "List of Lists" ... hummm
There is the ever-popular "To Do" list ... and, unless you are rich and have lots of others work on your boat, it always gets longer, not shorter.
I have a list of all the places I could possibly stow something on the boat. And this is a boat built to go cruising, so there are LOTS of places. I then assigned a quasi-mnemonic letter number designation to each place. Then the INVENTORY List!!! whoo hoo ... Hint: do not attempt to do a complete inventory until you are real close to leaving - it just won't stay the same. When you are close to leaving - then, using your LIST of locations, burrow into each location and record
what you have there. Oh, and remember those things you were looking for four weeks ago and then decided to go buy new???
I have a LIST of documents needed, their numbers, contact info, and expiration dates. I use an EXCEL spreadsheet for this (and most other lists) with conditional formatting that allows me at a quick glance to see what is due or nearing a due date.
I have a list of all equipment
that is part of the boat: Serial
numbers, model numbers, sizes, when purchased (and sometimes where), replacement/rebuild kit numbers, consumables (i.e. filter elements, special oil
types, belts, etc.). This is in an indexed WORD document. Real handy to have when you visit someplace and you think: "... is that the size of ????? that I need?"
lists - wow ... let me give you a hint on this: pick specific places to stow things, and except for seldom used items, forgetaboutit. Keep a running list of things you want to get next trip ashore/to market. But don't try and keep an inventory.
Although technically not a list, there are my logs
. While living my 'tied-to-a-slip' life, the only log that I keep up is my standard boat log. Anything significant that I do on boat, any trip I make, any significant event or sighting or radio
contact, goes into the log.
All these lists are 'short-cutted' and on my 'desktop' (this is Microsoftese and means I can click on a little icon on my screen
and the list opens up). ALL important files (including pictures) are backed up and easily transported on one of those nice little (about the size of a tube of lipstick) USB drives (1 GB).
Now isn't this WAY more than you wanted to know?