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Comment author: Vladimir_Golovin 02 December 2016 01:14:21PM *  5 points [-]

Just tried to list my fully-adopted TAPs and found that they are all linked to my use of a smartphone todo app:

  • When I think of something that needs to be done at some point, Open the todo app and write it down.
  • When the thinking part of the morning is finished, Open the todo app.
  • When I'm idle, Open the todo app.
  • When leaving home or work, Open the todo app (maybe I forgot something I need to do while I'm here).
  • When I'm in the todo app looking at my current tasks, Snooze or hide any tasks that I can't do right now.

There's a TAP I'd like to adopt, but I can't report any success so far:

  • When I'm tired / in zombie mode, Open the todo app (and do some tasks tagged as @zombie).
Comment author: NatashaRostova 02 December 2016 10:37:52PM 2 points [-]

The zombie one is good, and something I will try. Sometimes when it's 10pm and I'm pretty tired, I'll try to work on some personal high-functioning project/code, and get 3 minutes of work done by 11pm. On the other hand, if I used that time to read a book I could probably get more out o fit.

Comment author: entirelyuseless 02 December 2016 03:20:21PM 0 points [-]

"When I'm tired / in zombie mode, Open the todo app (and do some tasks tagged as @zombie)."

I would be surprised if anyone (not just you) can report substantial success with that particular plan or an analagous one. No system is going to force you follow it when the main thing you are interested in at the moment is "don't let anything make me follow a system."

Comment author: Lumifer 02 December 2016 04:38:37PM 2 points [-]

I understand "zombie mode" not as as an acute attack of akrasia, but as being in a low-functioning state (e.g. because you're sleep-deprived) so that you don't want to attempt anything complicated.

Comment author: entirelyuseless 03 December 2016 03:02:01AM 1 point [-]

I would suggest a different TAP for that situation: when you are sleep-deprived, go and look for a bed and get some sleep.

Comment author: Vladimir_Golovin 04 December 2016 10:10:41AM 0 points [-]

I do have this one, but the trigger doesn't fire reliably. Sometimes I go to bed, sometimes I don't.

Comment author: Vladimir_Golovin 04 December 2016 10:12:42AM *  0 points [-]

Yes, I meant a low-functioning state. My current todo app lacks tools for assigning contexts to tasks. When I switch to my own app (currently in development), I'll make a dedicated context for this type of tasks, e.g. @zombie - and will try to adopt the following TAP:

  • When in zombie mode, Open the todo app, turn on the @zombie context, and look at the list.