I find David Allen's metaphors to be powerful and humorous. The analogy of a solitaire game occurred to me yesterday, after I posted a few remarks about the interplay of different lists and indices. You know what you're holding in your hand -- 52 cards -- but you don't know in what order. You lay out a row, revealing one pattern. Then you turn up cards, looking for a connection to that pattern. But if cards don't match the first time around, they may well match the next time, because now your hand has a whole new order. Again and again, you match and you match, until every card is accounted for. That's how the @Context Lists work for me. I have to buy a new inkjet cartridge, then I see on my @Errands that I need a number of other items in the same vicinity, plus I can register for a class near the office supply store, plus I can drop off a gift to a major donor (I'm in nonprofit healthcare fundraising) who is also nearby. Hitting all those projects on the same trip -- grant proposal (need the cartridge), office organization, continued education, donor cultivation -- is like building a row of cards. Instead of feeling scattered and stressed, I feel...productive! The Whole Point!