Categorizing to death
I work in a computer center and have both administrative and technical tasks that I need to accomplish. Today while playing with MS-Outlook I defined a couple of new fields for my tasks: project and context. I had been using the category as the type of activity (i.e. TODO, CALL, INVESTIGATE, etc).
It occurred to me that what type of activity it was is more or less irrelevant within the context of GDT. I was using the TODO category for things that required me to "produce" something (install new software, document a system's configuration, etc.) However, With a subject of "install new software" it seems obvious that this an activity that I need to produce something. With a subject like "Call Daniel about visit", it is obvious that I need to call him, etc. That really means that I can/should simply get rid of the of the type.
I had decided to include an extra context field as I wanted to have means of keeping track of the operational area to which the activity belonged. This was what I was using the category for. However, it dawned on me that there really was no reason for keeping track of the area. It really doesn't matter to me what the software I am installing is used for. What is important is keeping track of where I need to do any given task.
With thath in mind, I was thinking about the fact that I am reponsible for several large software components. Each has a GUI used to configure and administer the software. I have a lot of tasks related to each component, so I think it makes sense to create contexts for each of these components. Although am at my computer, just like I would be when sending email, investigating something on the web, I need to start and login to these software components to do specific work. I cannot do these tasks when I am simply "at the computer". Instead I need to be "in" these components.
Does this seem reasonable? Am I making sense?
"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are." -- John Wooden