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Dealing with Unprioritized Actions

I'm used to making a list of everything I need to do (it normally includes projects, maybes, waiting fors, as well as action items -- but no more!). My next step used to be to prioritize the actions, 1 through however many there are.

GTD appears to frown upon prioritization, in favor of "context." I would say that 90+% of my work is @COMPUTER, so that doesn't help. I can think of some other ways to organize the context that would make more sense for me, but I still don't understand how I can work through a lengthy list without prioritizing it.

Can anyone give me any suggestions, in addition to the three methods mentioned in the GTD book?



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I would say that GTD...

I would say that GTD frowns upon giving tasks a fixed priority. However, it is not frowned upon entirely. For some reason people seem to have gotten the idea that context is the only way to decide on which next action to do, and that's just not the case.

Regarding this issue The David presents a "four-criteria model for choosing actions in the moment" (49 & 192) that includes time available, energy available, and priority in addition to context. You should also feel free to play around with your own personal system to see what works best for you.




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