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@Computer & !@Computer

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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Same problem, partial solution

My personal life and work are more easily divvied up, but I have a similar problem defining work categories. I *really* like the "@mindless", etc. categories suggested by two.olives!

My categories at work are
@Desk (usually paperwork or notes-purging)
@Computer (non-web)
@[Field Site]
@Errands (on-site, e.g. credit union, library)
These are all maintained in a big Excel spreadsheet (24" monitor layout).

The @Web distinction is handy because once I open up a browser I tend to get distracted. I am a programmer at heart and sometimes when I get started on a programming item, it is hard to break out of that and go back to other necessary tasks that require the computer. So @Computer is a single category to keep me from using "context switch" as an excuse to ignore non-programming tasks.

Do you work from 5-9 at home? Try stopping that habit :)

The non-work lists are
@Home (around-the-house things, e.g. "gather up books for donation" and "paint lamp base")
@Brighid (my PC, which I don't access from work -- photos and financial records)
@Online (bill paying, looking things up, Netflix, i.e. NONwork)
and a bunch of project lists.
These are all maintained on 3x5 cards.

Cleaning chores are actually done as-needed, and I roughly follow a schedule using 3x5 cards in a system I learned at www.shesorganized.com.

PS -- Eric, I had context overflow problems, too, until after a couple of months when I admitted that a large number of items were really "Someday/Maybe" items (especially the easy but low-priority tasks). These were lingering for weeks and even months in my regular context lists. When I moved them into Someday/Maybe it became easier to focus on the higher priorities.




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