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Next actions: specific times for doing contexts or choosing the most important?

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  • Next actions: specific times for doing contexts or choosing the most important?

    Let's imagine. It's 10 am, you are fresh and in your office, ready to do your next actions. You open your lists with next actions. They have @calls, @computer, @office, @waiting. You can do any of them. Do you set specific times for specific contexts (for example, start the day with calls because people usually answer calls easier in the morning, leaving after-lunch time for computer tasks) or choose the most important next action across all contexts to start your day?

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    Timing Contexts

    David mentions what context to do when, I do take his opinion into consideration but also customize my choice to my own experiences. I call when people mostly answer their phones for sales calls for example, I choose to do that context/item first (if I have a couple of options with contexts) that will bring me closer to my highest priority goal and another example is that I choose to do things according to the value of my time. You see, during the working hours I am worth more than what I am after hours, referring to sales calls, meetings etc that closes deals. If I try to do sales calls at midnight, do you think I will become successful?

    Its all your preferred choice really... What David teaches makes a lot of sense, but also keep in mind your own experiences etc.


    • #3
      I'd suggest that you are 'in' all of the contexts you've mentioned, and so you then move onto the other three components of working out what action to do next - ie, how much time do you have; how much energy do you have; what is the most important thing to do.

      For me, I use a self-developed Excel model for tracking my next actions, and so when in the office, I filter my meta-list to hold just "@desk", "@phone" etc - like you, I could do any of them, so I find it a valid approach to treat each of those contexts in that circumstance as one list.