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If I do 100% GTD that would be my two lists. I am a pathetic computer geek who played on computers for fun and then got a job in the computer industry. The only difference between what I do from 9 to 5 and 5 to 9 is whether my I am at home with my pets or at work with my coworkers. I don't travel. I don't spend time in waiting rooms or conference rooms between meetings with list of phone calls to make. I'm not a manger, so I don't even attend many meetings. I have very few distinct catagories to divide stuff up into. And one giant long list just turns into your run-of-the-mill ToDo list. I am at a loss how to apply GTD to my life when it is practically one big blob covering two standard deviations of what I do from the alarm waking me up to the alarm telling me it is time to go into hibernate mode.

Has anybody else felt like GTD seems to be for "executives" only?

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Consider the Apocryphal

In my own life, I too have found that my physical contexts are too remarkably similar to be useful. I spend so little time away from a phone (never) a computer (during a commute), etc. I also have the flexibility that allows my work and personal lives to spill all over each other and get mixed up pretty well. So I went to the Dark Side of the Force for answers: Stephen Covey.

Many of my contexts are roles. I have 2 that are uber-projects. One is a physical context (phone). Basically, I followed "the David"'s advice and used contexts that MADE SENSE TO ME. In short, when I am in "Designer Mode", I find it easiest to stay locked into that role for a bit. Then I scan my lists and "pick a new mode" - start doing my "geek" stuff for example. I use my calendar to track urgent/time sensitive stuff more than most.

The short answer: they are YOUR contexts, man. Break it up into bites you enjoy. Who cares if other people choke.




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