Using Renaissance Soul Focal Points as GTD Contexts
I've been rereading "The Renaissance Soul" and "Getting Things Done" and have found a way to integrate the two that is working well for me for now.
For those of us with far too many interests to pursue all at once, the concept presented in "The Renaissance Soul" of choosing several focal points as current priorities really works. These focal points can be changed whenever needed, but they can provide a sense of accomplishment by actually doing something toward a goal!
The Someday/Maybe list is incredibly important to capture all those ideas and half-completed projects that I have chosen not to persue at present.
But just as important is how to ensure that I am working toward the goals I've decided to work toward. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day. The Renaissance Soul concept is to assign blocks of time in my schedule to work on Focal Points and at that time, decide what I want to do. This is very similar to the GTD contexts, although I had never thought of it that way before.
For the past month or so, I have used my current four focal points as contexts (@Game Design @Family @Home Organization and @Get Fit. Within each, I list all the possible next actions that I could be doing. This way, when I have a block of time and decide to work on Focal Point 1, I can scan my Focal Point 1 next action list and choose what to do. The associated projects, waiting fors and someday/maybes are integrated with the general GTD system and it all gets reviewed "weekly" (I'm still working on that!). This has been working really well for me to remove these next actions from the main @home list and makes it easier to focus on what I have to do.
I just thought I'd share, since the way other posters have used contexts has helped me so much. Maybe this will give others some useful ideas.