- Pomodoro: this is digital real work. I sit my behind on the chair and for 25 minutes focus on the task. You break for 5 min and then another set. I try to get at least three sets done on a stretch.
- Melo: usually digital research and constructive browsing or playing around with service/code/idea. The name is my own Pomodoro technique spinoff, it means apple in italian and I also like it sounds like mellow. Timer is set for 10 minutes for these.
- Errands: real world stuff. Pickup dry cleaning, drop-off documents, anything that is outside and requires interaction with other fellow homo-sapiens. Timing makes no sense for these, but I do try to give them a due date.
- Calls: feels like an errands light, but I avoid them so much they deserve their own context. Also useful that you can quickly check them of you have some time and don’t want to start a Pomodoro.
- Tangents: what’s the best way to make iced green tea? should I find an alarm app that uses the sunrise time? can you meditate with your eyes open? My brain throws these questions (and many more) all through the day, rather than stop and procrastinate for hours, just save them for later.
- Shopping: fun errands. Toothpaste, beer, chocolate, alka seltzer, etc. (hopefully in that order).
- Not Priority: for everything you should have said: sorry, I don’t have time, but didn’t. Laptop recommendations, helping out with a website, etc.
- Waiting: tasks where you’re waiting on somebody else for information before you can move on.
Contexts remain highly personal — so whatever floats your boat is the right choice.