Don't always think of contexts as places
I think that one of the hardest things I had to resolve when I first started GTD was contexts. I always wanted to think of contexts as places, and because of that could not get many of my NA's to fit within my contexts, prompting me to constantly add new contexts. I have now relaxed my view of contexts as places and have trimmed down my contexts list to only 6, and find it much more useful to me. I would suggest that perhaps what you may really want is a context named @Study. NA's in there would be actions that need to occur when your are in the "Study" mode, not necessarily related to whether you are at school, home, library, etc... Good luck.
Context, time, energy and priority are independent variables.
For me context, time, energy and priority are independent variables so context is not a function of time, energy or priority.
Originally Posted by unstuffed
For example you would end up with the following contexts:
- @home_between_5_to_15_minutes_high_energy_very_imp ortant
- @home_between_5_to_15_minutes_high_energy_miscella neous
- @home_between_5_to_15_minutes_low_energy_very_impo rtant
- @home_between_5_to_15_minutes_low_energy_miscellan eous
- @home_between_15_to_60_minutes_high_energy_very_im portant
- @home_between_15_to_60_minutes_high_energy_miscell aneous
- @home_between_15_to_60_minutes_low_energy_very_imp ortant
- @home_between_15_to_60_minutes_low_energy_miscella neous
Contexts - Helpful But Not Essential
At my first DA seminar (way back!) contexts were not mentioned. We organized next actions on a single list and from my experience it worked fine. Contexts are helpful with the volume of next actions but I think they get way overplayed as the lifeblood of GTD.
In fact you might want to experiment with no contexts at all. Over time and with experience in your own situation contexts that best suit your system might naturally appear.
In my own system I organize (Time/Design Activities Checklists) by the commonly recommended contexts:
Agendas (DataBank tab)
Computer - Fidelity (my company)
Home - PC
Home - Mac
They work for me and I like the "hard edge" during the Organize phase.