Well actually not, depending on where in the world you were much of the context for farming activities was defined by your station in life, the seasons and the speed with which you got data and information. I'm most familiar with UK Medieval farming methods and there are lots of well documented records and manuscripts with what are in effect context based lists of actions and detailed project lists. Usually documented as finished items but you can see they were in that form. The old Abbey records in particular were most often organized that way. There is even a nod to the higher levels, roles are often based on birth status but exist and are often well documented as to the goals and objectives. Also the higher purpose is often discussed, particularly in feudal records.
Originally Posted by Layla
What GTD has done is make what is a natural way for humans to process information applicable in more situations by providing a structured framework for the job while allowing for individual diversity in how you get it done. It's a map or a process that has been very well articulated.
Plus with modern incarnations you get cooler tools, smart phones, computers, pens that do not require an ink pot
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