Question about Next Action vs. Context
Hi all! I'm new to the forum and a GTDer for about 2-3 months now. I have a question about my Next Actions, specifically as it relates to Contexts.
I use Remember the Milk as my main tool. It works perfectly for me as I have an iPod touch and a home and work computer.
I work in an 8-5 office job, and I use lists as Projects, and assign the Next Action a tag in Remember the Milk, and then have that tag saved as "Work Next Action." When I search that tag, I get an instant list of what to do. This is powerful- every day I check my list, make sure every Project has one Next Action tag and do it. I've never been more productive at work. It's incredible. This system works like magic.
It doesn't work for at home, however. First, I'm having trouble with contexts. There are some things I can do at both work and home, as they're online tasks or calls, so how do I properly tag them or place them into a context? Right now I have a context for "Tonight," which is after work, "Saturday," and "Personal," which is an "anytime" tag for personal things. At work, after I finish up a big project or get bored I'll occasionally look at my Personal tags, but other than that it doesn't get much use.
Second, I'm clearing out my "Work Next Actions," my "Tonight," and my "Saturday," but barely making a dent in my "Personal Next Actions." Everything else is working like clockwork and so relaxing, but this is the killer- my Personal Next Actions as it intersects with contexts.
The problem is I don't know what I'm supposed to do- dump it and then assign a tag called "Personal- at work?" I think my contexts are location/time based, rather than "@computer," "@phone," as I'm 24/7 near a phone and about 18 hours near a computer, so I like the idea of time/location contexts.
Do you have any thoughts? I love GTD so much, and thank you for your reply.