I have been trying to figure out why I am allergic to my context lists and I had the insight that I have been putting way too many things on them because I am including things that are not next actions, many are "if I happen to there, I would be open to....(buying a certain object, asking a certain person about a certain thing, etc). Some of these things will become projects if I don't take advantage of certain opportunities when they come my way. For example, I saw an ad that the Home Depot has a certain size of part for something I will probably be using this summer. If I need it in August, I might have to go to several stores to find it but I would not go there now just for that, but if I was near by, I would want to cue myself to go in and get it. I would like to have it on hand if it is convenient for me to get it. Or, I liked a pen I saw at someone's office so I wrote down the brand and model on my @errands list. But, now I realize it possibly belongs on @lists because it is something I would look for while I am at the office supply but I would not go there just for that item. If someone asked me what they could buy me for a gift, I would also want to be able to identify this kind of pen. These examples are trivial in themselves but they raise the issue of what kinds of "generic" questions to ask myself about these little things that have caught my attention? Similarly, if you encounter a little bit of information that you would only use if you decide to develop a SDMB into a project, what do you do with it? And, does it differ if you do not have the SDMB on your list yet?
No announcement yet.
Off the action lists and onto @lists?