Contexts are a key part of Getting Things Done, in fact they are the first step in deciding what action to work on next. The basic idea is to list tasks by what you need or where you need to be to complete them e.g. computer, telephone, shop.
When I developed my current organiser I did not include contexts because I spent most of my time in the office. I recognised in May last year that utilising the contexts could be very helpful. As things are very busy at work again and I’m away from the office for about the half the time I think now is the time to consider contexts further; particularly as I now have a Blackberry and a laptop that both open up lots of possibilities of getting actions done as I travel.
My current next action list has hardly changed since I wrote about it in June last year; the only change is the addition of a priority column. I’m not convinced that by adding a new column for contexts will necessarily help because they will be all mixed up.
So, how do you use contexts? What would you recommend? Do you know of any good examples that may be relevant to my system? Please let me know.