Then they've chosen the wrong contexts for their life. I don't need more than a split-second to make that decision.supergtdman;106987 said:They force people to pointlessly over analyse actions and waste time organising tasks in the system instead of doing them.
It's rather a large assumption that all activities are available all the time.supergtdman;106955 said:... when all your contexts are always available.
Or maybe they should just let go of trying to organise absolutely everything into some context. Sometimes you have to abandon a GTD tactic in order to actually get things done.Then they've chosen the wrong contexts for their life.
Are you sure in that? What if instead of refining contexts you'd spend the time to actually get things done?Refining my contexts to improve my efficiency is what makes them valuable.
Yes! David Allen as the Besht- I can totally see it. Or maybe Orthodox, Conservative and Reform GTD'ers?Reconstructionists too! Perhaps we can have sectarian discord too!mark1968;106982 said:Kelly - David's quote reminds me of a cultural/religious shift in the Jewish community. In general, the Chassidim - the folks who wear black clothes, furry hats (shtreimels),etc - are seen as rigid, overly litigious and somber. Yet their origins were full of life, creativity, song and vibrancy - ecstatic even. It was the members (combined with powerful historical events) that created much of the Chassidic world we see today (though there are still elements that are very joyous, etc).
I did not think anyone would catch the reference. Color me impressed! During The Besht's time, things seemed much more spontaneous and joyful.mcogilvie;106993 said:Yes! David Allen as the Besht- I can totally see it. Or maybe Orthodox, Conservative and Reform GTD'ers?Reconstructionists too! Perhaps we can have sectarian discord too!
[The Besht was the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Good Name, the founder of Hasidism.]
I am absolutely sure. I have measured it. I spend no more than 5 minutes a month refining contexts, as a natural result of doing the weekly review. Last time was a couple months ago, when I added a new context having to do with some software I use. That took less than a minute, most of which was thinking, and a few seconds to make the entry in my digital system. Having efficient contexts saves me many times that investment. If I did not have clear and relevant contexts, I would spend 5 minutes several times a day looking through lists.supergtdman;106992 said:Are you sure in that? What if instead of refining contexts you'd spend the time to actually get things done?
I wonder if you would agree with this 1-2 years later.Bottom line for me is that contexts save me from re-thinking about what needs to be done, so I can actually get more things done.
Not the person you are responding to but yes, contexts have made huge difference and I can see how it has worked years later. I work on projects that can span months, years, decades and in some cases even multiple lifetimes. When you are trying to organize, document and improve something where you won't live long enough to see the final results you need a clear roadmap for what you CAN get done when and where you are with the tools available.supergtdman;107001 said:I wonder if you would agree with this 1-2 years later.
Again, you may be making an assumption. How about 15-16 years later? That's how long I've been using David Allen's productivity approach, from before the Getting Things Done book was even written. I've used and adapted variable contexts since at least 2001. I'm not a newbie to GTD or to the study of productivity. I'm the kind of nut who chooses not to post all kinds of digressions about Frederick Taylor and W. Edwards Deming.supergtdman;107001 said:I wonder if you would agree with this 1-2 years later.
Since you like the "Steve Jobs example" very much I would like to ask you once again:supergtdman;106976 said:Yeah, you could say that everything in Steve Jobs example could be organised by contexts. In fact, you can organise anything according to GTD by the book.
But you're missing the point.
Steve Jobs wasn't working on unrelated projects or from context lists. He set aside a whole day to focus on some single area of responsibility, regardless of contexts, time, energy. He didn't try to fit his life into a stereotype system. Yes, could use contexts but it wouldn't be worth it. And that's my point. Organising everything by contexts is a point of friction, it takes a lot of work but it's useful only when you do cog like work, e.g. to batch process unrelated actions.
We often invent FRESH looks when we forget what the original idea was about.supergtdman;106969 said:This is a FRESH look at contexts, no need to re-read gtd book like some sort of bible.
OK, it was great to make fun of GTD contexts, argue just for the sake of arguing, troll a little but now it's time to focus on helping people to Get their Things Done.supergtdman;107005 said:I've been using GTD before David Allen was even born.
@Agenda-Top Managementsupergtdman;106952 said:Monday morning Steve would meet with his top management team. Wednesday he would be meeting with marketing team. Friday (before he sold Pixar) he would drive up to Pixar’s headquarters and spend the day working on Pixar. And Sunday evening (according to Walt Mossberg’s accounts) he would frequently set aside to call up his contacts in the press.