I've read a few threads about different ways to organize contexts. Frankly, I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all. I've read GTD and have a basic understanding of the system. But I haven't yet figured out the best way to use contexts for my needs, and I'm hoping I can get your help.
I'm a graduate student and artist primarily, and I also have a job consulting with a TV/film production company I started a while back. I have a home office with a desktop computer, which is where I do 75% of my studying and work. Often I will study or read or work in my home (away from my computer/home office) or in a local cafe. As far as art goes, I'm mostly a visual artist/photographer. I capture images on location and process them in my home office.
I guess I could have these contexts:
- Home office
- School (things that actually have to be done at school)
- On location (for photo shoots - does this make sense? It doesn't seem like it's clear enough to initiate action)
But I'm not sure what to use for the times when I'm studying elsewhere (in a cafe, in the living room, etc.) or simply writing out something by hand that I can do anywhere I might find myself. For example, I have a Moleskine notebook that I frequently sketch ideas for projects in. I'll make a note in my GTD system to brainstorm for a new project, which I always use the Moleskine notebook for, but it could happen anywhere. So what context would I use for that? And what context would I use for studying that could happen in the library at school, at a local pub, or at the beach?
Maybe my contexts should be more based on the tools/media I use than on locations. For example, a "Mac" context could be completed in my home office on my desktop computer, or on my laptop at a cafe. A "Moleskine" context could be done in my car, in an airport, or at home. But this seems like it's getting away from the basic structure of the GTD system.
What do you think?