How would you implement David Allens "20K" categories?


In his book “Making It All Work” David Allen suggests the following typical contexts (on p145)

  • Calls
  • Computer
  • Office
  • Home
  • Anywhere
  • Errands
  • Agenda

He also suggests the following typical 20,000 feet categories of stuff:

WORK (with 11 categories)

  • Asset management
  • Quality control
  • Staff development
  • Planning
  • System Design
  • Administrative Support
  • Product Development
  • Public Relations
  • Client Development
  • Research

LIFE (with a further 11 categories)

  • Finances
  • Health/Vitality
  • Family
  • Career
  • Household
  • Parenting
  • Partnering
  • Recreation
  • Creativity
  • Self-development
  • Service/spirituality

My question is how would one best implement the above in GTDNext?

Obviously the Contexts are very easily handled by Tags in GTDNext.

However would one be best to have:

A) Two Areas in GTDNext - one called “Work” the other called “Life”?
And then separating out the 22 categories by using the tasks within task hierarchy?

B) Have 22 separate Areas in GTDNext

What are the pros and cons of having lots of Areas or very few Areas in GTDNext?
And what would you recommend?



Egad, I think GTD Next for me is best for managing Runway and maybe 10k. Any higher and I would just get bogged down. For me I would manage 20k and higher on paper.

Yes I am resorting to paper (and external mind maps).

However I still think that it’s a distinct weakness of GTDNext that there is no obvious way to apply goals to tasks.