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GTD Context List Ideas for November 2011

It’s probably sad that I enjoy creating and managing context lists, reveals some weakness underlying my rock and roll foundation. Still things need to get done and I don’t see any harm in having a bit of fun.

Maybe you find context lists fun, too?

As you probably already know, I keep my context lists in Evernote and here are those I’m using or experimenting with in November 2011:

  • @agendas
  • @brainstorm - things I need to contemplate, mind map
  • @calls
  • @car
  • @computer - my busiest list. I’ve spun off a few subcategories to their own lists for fun and ease.
  • @computer-facebook
  • @computer-itunes
  • @computer-search
  • @computer-shopping
  • @computer-twitter
  • @decide - decisions I need to make
  • @eat the frog – projects I need to chip away at (thanks GTD Group on LinkedIn!) [experimental]
  • @errands
  • @home
  • @library
  • @low-energy [experimental]
  • @mining [experimental]
  • @quit - usually bad habits to work on [experimental]
  • @read
  • @start - good habits I want to adopt [experimental]
  • @waiting for…
  • @when – ashen mix is finished - tasks that can’t be done till my new CD is ready
  • @when – have new iPhone - apps and settings for when I switch back to iOS from Android
  • @when – have new home – things that can’t be done until we’ve got a new place to live
  • @when in (new city) - things I can’t do till I’m where I’m moving to
  • @when in – orlando - things to do when I’m in my hometown

The “when” lists have proven to be the most useful addition to my arsenal in a long time. Granted these lists often contain tasks that may be moved to other lists later (errands, calls, etc), but till then they keep things nice and separate.

What context lists can you not live without?

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7 Responses to “GTD Context List Ideas for November 2011”

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    Nancy | Reply
    December 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I like what I have read here, but can I ask the dumbest question ever? Why the “@”? I VERY recently signed up for Twitter and was confounded by the # tag for a bit, so I am wondering if there is some reasoning I don’t understand around the “@”. I am not young, but tech savvy, but Facebook adverse. I think your system is excellent, but can’t figure out why I might want the @.

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      Weszt | Reply
      December 30, 2011 at 7:12 am

      Not a dumb question at all. “@” is a convenient way to indicate a context so that it reads “at home”, “at work’, etc. Not necessary, but it does help to show purpose.

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    Sue | Reply
    February 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    LOVE this list… especially inspired by:
    @ quit … @ start … @ brainstorm … @ decide … @ when

    THANKS for taking your TIME to share!!!
    Have a great day!
    Sue =)

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      Weszt | Reply
      February 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Hooray! Glad I those list ideas work out great for you.

      Thanks, Sue!

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    Bayard | Reply
    August 13, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I’m a little late here by about six months, but the @ isn’t so it reads “At Home,” it’s so that in programs such as Evernote and the like it is automatically sorted to the top of the list. @ will always come before a on an alphabetized list.

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      Weszt | Reply
      August 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Not originally, no. When I first starting using GTD, it was before I knew of Evernote so I carried the use of @ from those times. However it is a benefit that using “@” puts those notes higher up the hierarchy.

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    April 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Nice. Thanks for posting this. I’ll come again to read more and recommend my coworkers about it.

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