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Does anyone have tips on how to actually get things done when most of your contexts are available most of the time. (Sorry. This is not an OF question.)

I've been loosely following a GTD philosophy for almost 3 years now. I tend to jump on and off the band wagon. I seem to always come back to the same dilemma: most of my contexts are available most of the time.

For example, I'm an IT worker. I rarely travel. I have access to the internet almost all the time. I can access my work files from home and my home files from work. As a result, I have difficulty deciding what context to process, when and how often.

What I've been doing recently is making a list of my contexts and making sure I work through them daily or every few days. This is not ideal because now I have another list of items to track: I'm tracking my progress through contexts. This just doesn't feel right.

I'm open to any suggestions. How do you make sure all your contexts get attention when your contexts don't vary (or are not isolated)?

Thanks.
 
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I've been loosely following a GTD philosophy for almost 3 years now. I tend to jump on and off the band wagon. I seem to always come back to the same dilemma: most of my contexts are available most of the time.
You sound like me! This is a light-hearted response: I think we need to get a life! Like you, I can do most things almost anywhere I am, and that's the problem.
 
I had the same feeling, and posted about it - there are quite a few replies there:http://forums.omnigroup.com/showthread.php?t=5874

Personally, my advice is to stay away from contexts such as Computer: email, Computer: upgrades, ect.

It just didn't work for me (although for others I guess it does).

Also, I started with a long list of rather specific contexts and crashed and burned on that one as well. So, I reverted to starting with as few as possible and then adding as they became necessary as an improvement. (i.e. rather than trying to think of every possible context (or organizing context) ahead of time, start with as small a list as possible, and grow as necessary as you learn how your GTD/OmniFocus workflow flows). That approach worked for me.

Here is my current list:
@Office
-----Strict (MUST be done at the physical work office)
-----After Hours (for server maintenance when nobody is logged in)
@Calls
@Emails
@Agenda
-----CoWorker1
-----CoWorker2
@Waiting
-----CoWorker1
-----CoWorker2
Errands
Home
Reading
Training
 
Morning,

I had similar problems when I started playing around with contexts. I work at home and 99% of my tasks are computer tasks. So I had a “@Mac” context and that was that.

But then I focussed on this last percent and found my contexts. I live in two towns, hence two contexts popped up for official stuff, i. e. finances. Then I moved all the E-Mail activities into @Agenda, as most of those (rare) discussions could just as well be handled on the phone or in person.

Another thought: I know of other writers who use daytime contexts as they have a strict regimen how they do their work. So they have @morning, @noon, @afternoon, @evening, the contexts reflecting the different mind-sets they have during the day. I heard of at least one developer who works the same way, e. g. he does all the application modelling in the morning and the code crunching at nights.

But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having very few or even only one context if your work / life permits it. Or even asks for it.

Cheers,
-Sascha
 
I'm in a similar situation. I've been using project- and area-of-life-based contexts for a long time. It can be helpful to be able to click on client-x rather than having to go to the project view. However, I have it in the back of my mind to get rid of those and pare down the list even further and see how that goes. Here's Merlin's post on the topic.
 
I also do most of my OF tasks on the computer (which is of course where I have access to OF - duh). I'm starting to experiment more with state of mind contexts. Sometimes I need certain focus to do script or code writing, other times I'm in a groove to use a particular language or application. Other times its about doing a certain activity like archiving files (I'd rather burn 5 DVDs in a row then just now and then).

YMMV

-P
 
 


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