contexts: tinkering

February 6, 2008 | Leave a comment

This is part of a series on Contexts where I explore some of the unique contexts I’ve been working with in my GTD system.

David Allen’s Getting Things Done techniques have been very helpful for me. The one that has most benefited my workflow has been the concept of organizing tasks by context. For example, every task is categorized based on the context where it can be completed, ie, @home, @errands, @mac, etc.

A few months ago, I created a new context: @tinkering. The idea behind @tinkering is that it is a place for those tasks that don’t require much in the way of concentration. Some examples from my current @tinkering context include an email reminder to a friend about a book they borrowed, a wordpress plug-in I want to try out, and adding a recommended reading page to this blog. When I need something less intensive to do, or if I have my laptop handy while watching a movie, I can work through the @tinkering context.

I originally set it up as a sub context of @mac, because these were all tasks that required my computer. However, I’ve recently made @tinkering into it’s own context. OmniFocus shows tasks from a subcontext within the parent context as well. I decided I didn’t want to have these tinkerings cluttering up my @mac context, which is full of to-dos that require more thought or effort than a typical tink.

If you want to try out the @tinkering context, let me help you get started. Go ahead and add “subscribe to the Creativityist RSS feed” as your first task. See how easy that was?!

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