I use location based tags a lot - both manual (things that can only be done at home for example) and geofenced (things to remember as I arrive home - charge my power brick if I have used it during the day). I also use names of important people - if you are talking to someone on the phone for example, you can quickly look up if there was anything else you need to mention to them.
As with everything, it really is what suits your system!
I used to have dozens of ‘projects’ that weren’t really projects at all - for example a committee I may be on or a professional body I do work for, or any other area of work or home life. They could never be ‘completed’ and often they had no actions. So I am now trying two single action lists (Work and Home), with tags for what was previosly regarded as a ‘project’ in the single context days of OF1 and 2.
So far so good, but I am only a day or two into my OF3 beta invite
That’s an interesting idea. Do you also use defer dates or do these tags eliminate the need for them? My only concern with doing something like this is that I will forget or run out of time to manually roll things over.
Unless there is reason for a date, I do not use defer dates.
The today, this week, this weekend, tags don’t require any special effort.
today, this week, and this weekend, are a time reference relative to the user/reader, not to a specific date. Remember all those discussions about the meaning of this weekend versus next weekend? My tags refer to the day, week, and weekend I am currently in.
If I complete the task, it disappears from the perspective. If I don’t complete the task, it remains tagged for that perspective, and when future me is looking at the tasks for that day, week, or weekend, the open tasks will be there.
The only way to pull the tasks out of the perspective is to: complete them, or remove the tag, which will release it from the perspective and return it to the backlog.
I’m not a tagger by nature, so I’m not even sure I will use tags at all.
I can’t really think of an instance where I needed a tag with a single exception. I have a single action list Errands and I have 2 locations as contexts. 1 is the 2 closest towns, sort of the run to town places less than 10 miles away and one is 2 towns that are a 1.5 hour drive to get there. The far away towns are where we do major shopping once a month. While it’s pretty clear that I can only get a lot of things at the further away city (which requires a whole day as we’ve got 3+ hours of drive time to get to and from) while there I can also do most of the errands from the local towns. My only use case is to flag the local town errands I can also do in the city with both places and vice versa. (Our bank is local and only has a branch in the 2 local towns, for example) That way I could see errands that can be done in either place easily. Right now I just check the local town context on the drive to the city (I am a passenger in the car, don’t do this and drive) and change the context to the city and back again if we don’t get the action done while there. Since we have time constraints of doing chores if we have a lot of things to do we may blow off the less critical ones if more important ones take more time than expected. It’s not that much time to do the context switching and works well. Tags might improve that but I’m not sure yet.
Here is the deal, use tags the way that makes you use Prespective in optimal way. The main reason for tagging actions is to group them (i.e. under Prespective). So, start by building your Prespectives that match your life focus areas. For me; that’s Home, Office, Family, Development,…etc.
Then start to build tags that can be matched to those perspectives. Each Prespective can include more than one tag.
I would say, this will be a good starting point for you.