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  • Silly use of GTD: @warcraft

    This is my first post on this board, and I'm still relatively new to the GTD principles. It has made a tremendous improvement in both my work and personal life, and I'm realizing that it can and should cover all aspects of your life. I can "feel" the difference between a GTD aspect of my life and a non-GTD aspect.

    I'm also a fan of the World of Warcraft (WoW) game, which is a massively multi-player online role playing game. Your character goes on quests with other people to accomplish goals, has "professions" where you can make and trade items, and just a lot of stuff that you can track.

    The built-in quest tracker is decent but there's a great deal you need to do besides quests, and you need reminders to do that. You may need to gather some materials for an item that you promised to make someone, for example. Sometimes ideas pop into my head when I'm away from the game or talking with friends.

    Thus, the @Warcraft context was born, for things I need to do when I'm only playing WoW. No sense in worrying about that stuff when I'm not playing, right? I'm trying it out to see how it works, but it seems useful so far. I carry a PocketPC with me where-ever I go, so I can keep of all this mental WoW baggage.

    Anyway, I thought that I'd mention this. It seems pretty silly, but I think it'll ultimately make me be more productive and feel more comfortable overall.

    Paul Meyers

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    Makes sense to me! GTD explicitly avoids making value judgments about what is and isn't "worthy" of its attention. That's a choice for the human user to make, not the system.

    I don't play Warcraft, but I do play chess pretty seriously. Lots of people have information-rich hobbies: gaming, gardening, cooking, hunting, fishing, fantasy baseball, and on and on. Why not give them the space in your system that they deserve?

    Katherine

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    • #3
      Hah, this is a great use for GTD. Being overwhelmed and stressed out by the amount of information to keep up with in WoW is one of the reasons I quit playing. I have just today finished processing all my "discoveries," and I am feeling pretty stress free. I bet that makes Wow more fun, too.

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      • #4
        I used to play Star Wars Galaxies, back before I discovered GTD. It would have been great to have an SWG context in NA lists. I was always making little to-do lists for the next time I got to play. One of the things that hooked me on GTD right from the start was that it could be used for EVERYTHING going through my mind.

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        • #5
          And here I thought I was the only one!

          My list of WoW next actions is quite large...

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          • #6
            Good idea, if you are spending time on something, you should use GTD to drop them down. It is definitely not silly at all as you still need to complete load of tasks within the virtual world

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            • #7
              Nothing wrong with that! The idea of GTD is to free your mind of worry to lead a better life. If keep a Wow list helps you to have fun and improve your life, then it's the right thing to do. Plenty of hobbies need lists, they don't all have to be serious & work related.

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