SRhyse - thanks. 

At present, I only have Work, Personal (includes non-chargeable Admin and 
social life), Health (includes fitness), but I am planning to have more one 
the dust has settled a bit on my setup. 

Yes, I too use Stars for "attempt to do today".
Yes, I too use Start date, to kick things into the future (partly Tickler 
File, partly Waiting For), because I am using a lot of "Active" views in 
MLO, which will of course hide tasks which haven't started yet.

I know that I probably do have far too many Context tags, but I use them 
for completely different purposes:

[Note: These are NOT the exact context names that I use but roughly what i 
am doing is this: ]

a) *Traditional "context"* - i.e. physical location, and/or type of 
equipment to be used (e.g. @Errands, @House, @Office (means paperwork), 
@Calls, @PC-very-quick, @PC-not-quick

b) What is my core *level of commitment* to executing it - is it one of a 
small number of "Goals", if so over what period? Useful to help make sure 
my priorities stay on target.

c) What, in principle, is its *status* of 'do I want to do, and if so it 
- Live, (Do ASAP)
- Do Someday (Maybe never do)
- Do Soon  (Coming up, but not yet urgent/important enough to be of "Do 
ASAP" status)
- Archive - look again say in a year. But completely exclude from all 
weekly/monthly reviews before then.
- Information only (not executable)

d) What is the level of *psychological resistance*? - e.g. Have I already 
put it off a few times?
If so, special attention may be required to stop avoidance.

e) What *time of day* to execute it? - e.g. Evenings only

f) Is it fun i.e. is it an *energy generator*? 
g) Can it be done when I have *lower energy*
h) Does it demand *higher energy* &/or deep reflective thought 

i) I also have a temporary MLO context-tag for "was starred yesterday" 
which sounds slightly nuts but which I find easy to use and surprisingly 
useful when allocating my Stars for today.

j) Currently, I also need to have a tag to flag up tasks which I have 
committed* (on a different system) to executing them within some time 

Yes, yes, I know that's probably far too many MLO context-tags but I 
currently do find them all useful. 

Fwiw, what I also find incredibly powerful is that I am using the Icons 
column to indicate visually which MLO context-tag(s) each task has. I am 
currently using about 6 icon positions so that I can have up to 6 different 
icons visible on each task. This creates an extremely compact view of what 
context-tags I have allocated on each task. This also means that I 
dont have to keep reading my tags, and for this reason they currently are 
able to have very long names (This is v. useful whilst I get used to what 
my own tags actually mean...).  

Note that it is very easy to allocate tags to tasks because I have 
allocated hotkeys to almost all of my MLO context-tags (all of which FWIW, 
involve with Control+Alt+...)

However just the same, I do like the sound of fewer, much shorter tags...

But *SRhyse*, I am intrigued by your setup.  Are you saying that you only 
have 3 contexts in total i.e. D, S and W?

Also if you don't mind sharing I would be intrigued to know what your 
folders you have in the root directory i.e. in effect what your areas of 
life (AKA Areas of Responsibility) are. I don't need exact names, just a 
sort of generic description would be of great interest to me as I am 
currently re-thinking this aspect of my data...


On Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:45:30 PM UTC, SRhyse wrote:
> What contexts are you using? If they’re too personal to publicly state, 
> you can use a standin name to mention it here, like ‘Wife’ or ‘Dog’ or 
> something. 
> In my experience, fewer contexts work better, and adding more to the mix 
> only serves as a way for me to avoid thinking through my commitments all 
> the way by putting the ones I haven’t thought through all the way into the 
> digital equivalent of a dust drawer that I tricked myself into thinking is 
> not a dust drawer. 
> I use ‘stars’ to definitely mark a task as needing done or worked on that 
> day. With start dates, tasks can be put off to only appear when they’re 
> ready to be done, and using times, you can even do it by time of day if you 
> want that level of granularity. From there, I have D for deep work that 
> requires a lot of time or concentration, S for shallow work that usually 
> comprises administrative stuff chores and other relatively mindless things, 
> and W for waiting for or deferred items. I used to use time estimates and 
> contexts for how much time or energy things will take, but in 99% of cases, 
> short tasks are administrative or mindless, and longer ones are creative 
> work requiring concentration. 
> All of my work related things are in a career folder with various 
> subfolders or projects, my personal stuff in its own folder, correspondance 
> and networking in its own, health and fitness in the same way, etc. If I 
> want to focus in on only one of those areas, I just zoom in on that folder, 
> or sub folder, and the contexts all still hold up. Stars are my main go to 
> though for things needing immediate attention. If it’s something that just 
> showed up, I’ll often times not even mark one of those tasks with a context 
> or put it in a folder that isn’t the inbox, as the main point is to get 
> tasks to be starred for immediate action. 
> I’ve played around with other various contexts with mixed results, this 
> being the best setup I’ve had. I’ve never found people contexts to be 
> useful because if I need to speak with someone, I’ll make a task to do that 
> and put notes in there, or put it on a page for them I keep in reference 
> apps—though I could easily do that in MLO now that it has Markdown support. 
> I’ve also had little use for ‘errand’ contexts, keeping a grocery / 
> supplies list in MLO instead, as that’s really the only ‘errand’ I ever do. 
> Location reminders can always give me a notification if I want one via 
> location, and I do use those via iOS now, but that’s probably outside of 
> the realm of what you had in mind for contexts.

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