David Sparks writing about scheduling his workdays:

I treat the blocks of time more like versatile soup ingredients than a rigid jigsaw puzzle, so I am happy to move them around as I’m planning the next day.

I like this analogy of the calendar working like a puzzle where I can put and arrange pieces of my time as blocks. The problem is making a daily plan then scheduling my whole day simply doesn’t work for me. This system feels too restrictive, and believe me, I tried it. It was creating unwanted stress and admin work because I got into the flow, ignored notifications then rescheduled stuff constantly.

I like the idea though. Also, currently I have a longstanding problem reviewing my right task lists at the right moment. Using my calendar, I’ll try to schedule blocks of work categories, like @Home or @Admin which are representing context lists in my GTD system. I hope it will start to form at least a list review habit for me, so I can start to trust more in my system.

The secret for this—as with many things—is trying to not overdo it.


ChrisJWilson posted at March 5, 2018 2:49 pm

@zsbenke love the idea of using a GTD context in the calendar. I think I’ve usually stuck with project based calendar timing but context should make more sense.

zsbenke posted at March 6, 2018 12:01 pm

@ChrisJWilson Scheduling an hour or two to review and do a couple of things from a context list to be exact. ?

That’s the only way I know to move forward multiple projects and get into the habit of reviewing all my lists at the same time—there are other contexts, like Errands and Focus which I’m reviewing without any external reminders.

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