Loving OF2, but as a pure GTD user I am frustrated by a lack of fields for using the Four-Criteria Model of Choosing Tasks:
- Time available
- Priority (reward of doing and risk of not doing)
I feel like when I add a task the following should happen:
Command-N (New Task): “Call Delta and request window-seat for wife on next week’s flight to New York”
Tab (Choose Project): Visit NYC with wife
Tab (Choose Context): Phone
Tab (Choose Time Required): 10 minutes
Tab (Choose Energy Required): Low-1
Tab (Choose Priority): Medium-2 (I told her I’d do it so I want to fulfill my word but if she doesn’t get a window seat on the flight it’s no the end of the world.)
Then a few days later, towards the end of a long day (tired/low-energy), on train ride home (only Phone available), with only about 15 minutes before I get to my stop (15 minutes of time remaining), I could run a filtered search of my OF2 tasks.
OF, show me only tasks that match:
Time Required: <15min
Energy required: low-1
Then I would see all my options, and I would intuitively choose from the highest priority ones available that I could do in my current state.
This kind of functionality is important because part of GTD is doing the thinking on the front end so that when you have some random time/energy/context situation you can just trust that you inputted everything appropriately and choose something knowing it’s an effective and appropriate use of your time.
I realize this would require some additional fields, but as OF is touted as being the GTD power app I don’t think it’s too much to ask for these fairly essential GTD options. I have heard people say that pure GTD doesn’t involve priority but I would say that is pretty much just wrong. Have a look at the book or David Allen Co’s own webinars on choosing tasks and this is very clearly explained.
For reference here is an example article talking about these 4 criteria and another app: