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  • Are these Areas of Focus?

    Hi Folks,

    I have several types of work that I do based on the following:

    -NIH grant work
    -Mentoring of students
    -Writing manucripts
    -President-Elect of Faculty Senate
    -Teaching
    -Administrative work

    Do you see these as "Areas of Focus"? I have thought of making these actual contexts for my work versus the standard contexts of call, computer, office, etc. I have most tools available almost all of the time.

    Comments?

    Thanks,
    Longstreet

  • #2
    They sound like typical Areas of Focus to me.

    Cheers,
    Kelly

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    • #3
      Wow! That was a rare event, getting an answer from a GTD coach directly!

      Just wanted to add my two cents not directly related to the question: I recently decided to look at my goals-and-hats list once a day to mentally note where I am lagging. I hope this will print my priorities onto my mind, and make action choices even wiser. This has already started happening.

      Regards,
      Abhay

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      • #4
        Yep, they look like Areas of Focus to me.

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        • #5
          Yes -- they are!

          Thanks for the advice -- it is now clear to me that they are definitely areas of focus. I will maintain my standard context categories that really do work.

          -Longstreet

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          • #6
            Kelly

            Originally posted by abhay View Post
            Wow! That was a rare event, getting an answer from a GTD coach directly!

            Just wanted to add my two cents not directly related to the question: I recently decided to look at my goals-and-hats list once a day to mentally note where I am lagging. I hope this will print my priorities onto my mind, and make action choices even wiser. This has already started happening.

            Regards,
            Abhay
            Rare? Kelly is very active in these forums. I, for one, sincerely appreciate her!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Barb View Post
              Rare? Kelly is very active in these forums. I, for one, sincerely appreciate her!
              You might be talking about the gtdconnect forums

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Longstreet View Post
                I have several types of work that I do based on the following:

                -NIH grant work
                -Mentoring of students
                -Writing manucripts
                -President-Elect of Faculty Senate
                -Teaching
                -Administrative work
                Longstreet,

                It sounds like you are a fellow GTD-academic

                I agree with others that these are areas of focus, but here are some contexts that work for me for some of areas above:

                @quiet writing
                @quiet reading
                @group meeting
                @email

                I find it useful to create fire-walled times for writing. I also have weekly meetings with my students as a group. This saves me time, and allows the new students to see more experienced students "in action" interacting with the boss.

                - Don

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                • #9
                  Fellow Academic

                  Hi dschaffner,

                  Yes -- I am a professor at a major research university. I have seen some but would like to know if you or any others here have links to websites for faculty that use GTD.

                  Thanks,
                  -Longstreet

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Longstreet View Post
                    Do you see these as "Areas of Focus"?
                    They look like areas of focus to me. BUt I don't think you can use them as contexts. I'd look for how you break things down and what tools you use to actually do work in those areas and make those your contexts.

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