What Are The Ideal Getting Things Done (GTD) Contexts?


I’ll skip a never-funny-always-in-poor-taste Kool-Aid joke and just say:

If GTD is a cult, sign me up. 

Reading David Allen’s book earlier this year was like stumbling on a full, cold Brita after days of crawling through the desert.

My brain had been so burdened by trying to remember everything I needed to do, all the open loops, that I’m surprised it worked at all.

Relief was at last in sight.

The implementation has had its difficulties, though I suppose this is natural.

I have a slightly mismatched gadget setup of Mac computer/iPad/Android, which made the otherwise obvious choice of Apple-only OmniFocus less appealing.

So I went with Zendone, an online-only GTD  system that auto-syncs with Google Calendar (by which I live and die ), and Evernote (with which I’m still at the “ape rubbing the monolith” stage ).

Zendone been useful, though I don’t yet have the completely watertight GTD system that Allen dangles as the reward for applying all his wisdom.

For one, Allen emphasizes the need to put absolutely everything into your GTD system, which is a challenge.

More specifically, I feel like I’m under-utilizing the GTD idea of contexts, the tags that identify tasks by the conditions you predict they will require to get done.

Currently my contexts are:

  • Computer (internet required)
  • Computer (offline)
  • Outside (i.e. out of my office)
  • Deep focus
  • <30 minutes
  • <10 minutes
  • Don’t even think about it during work hours

These account for most if not all the physical and mental states I find myself in over the course of a day.

If you use GTD, what are your contexts?