Distinction between Priority and Focus
The way I see it there is a huge fundamental difference between "Priority" and "Focus Now", or whatever we choose to call these things. They are two things and must be treated differently.
Most apps have a "starred" list. Those are my "Focus Now", the ones I have chosen to do now, plus possibly some additional tasks that I see as a tentative "next batch" to do. And if someone would want to label these batches is some way, such as A, B, C, and/or keep them in different places, I see nothing wrong with that. (Personally, I just keep the first batch at the top, and the rest under a divider line).
But then there is another thing, also very aptly referred to as Priority. When selecting tasks for our "Focus Now" in the first place, we do this under consideration of the four aspects Context ... and Priority, all four of them balanced against each other in our heads. We may, for example, in one instance choose tasks because of their convenient Context (e.g right where we are) even if we do not see them as a high Priority. Or, in another instance, the Priority of some tasks on the Next list is so high that we dash off to a whole new Context. The balancing of the four factors is done in our head using our common sense or gut. The Priority here in this case refers to a more stable characteristic of the task (such as importance, urgency or however we define it).
Personally I use both kinds of priorities - the temporary "batching" kind and the stable kind:
Type 1: DO-FIRST type of Priority (i.e. what you have chosen to do, regardless of its importance etc; "batching")
Type 2: CONSIDER-FIRST type of Priority (important etc, never to be overlooked, regardless of whether you eventually select it)
Last edited by Folke; 09-15-2013 at 05:57 AM.