Working from home = no contexts?
I've been working from home for about ten years and started using GTD about two years ago. I feel like I really don't have a need to use contexts since I'm always at home. @phone, @computer, @home, @work are all the same place. (I used to have @store to keep a shopping list, but my partner and I use a shared iPhone app now.)
I am a software consultant and have many clients and many projects, so I've been using contexts to categorize my clients. When I was using Toodledo, it was handy to just click on the client's name and see all the stuff related to that client. I recently switched to a paper-based system and write the client's name in the corner of each card, which has been working well.
I really like the idea of contexts, but they just don't seem to apply to me. Is anyone else in the same boat? (I guess I just assume I'm doing something wrong if I'm the only one doing something that way.) :)
under pressure to be useful and thoughtful...
I've worked out of my home for the past... well... lots and lots of years... more than two decades... god, I sound old! And contexts were challenging. Sometimes they still are. I often forget that I can change them whenever I want. There are some great suggestions in this thread for alternate contexts if the common ones don't work for you.
Originally Posted by Zac
It's all about picking compartments - but only if the compartments streamline what you do.
I've said it before but my most helpful list is "Just Get It Done, Dena". It's a list of actions I just have to get off my butt about, things I'm procrastinating on. And it's motivating... and it's a context. And I can dump it whenever I like - preferably when things are back under control.
I like your idea about handling client to dos - especially if all of the work is done from one home office. Are there ever things you have do for multiple clients at once? For example, for me it's invoicing. I just can't seem to invoice as I go so each week or two weeks I invoice everybody at once... and I have a context list for that. Just a thought.
Does it matter that you don't separate by context? Only you can know. I think it's a big help for most people, but you have an unusual circumstance.
Keep us posted!