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
- 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
> 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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