my effective and simple setup is - three lists:
task with specific dates, repeating task etc. This are the things to do NOW, and to know what's coming. I use locations, and tags to differentiate. Household chores for instance have a tag, as well the kids.
Things with no specific due date, but is coming up. Things to do, when there is time for it. It's usually sorted by priority, and most things make it to the inbox when they have a date.
everything else down the line. Clean the drain pipes ... eventually. :-) Add ideas to keep me form forgetting them (not promises though).
Posted at 7:05pm on February 17, 2013