How to Define and Use Everdo Areas Effectively- Everdo

Dec. 15, 2020

When following Getting Things Done, you will eventually have hundreds of actions and dozens of projects. It is often the case that these items can be split into groups in such a way that each group can be worked on separately. This approach can reduce the number of simultaneous projects and actions that you need to deal with. This in turn makes your GTD system better organized and easier to use.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Reading your article made me realize I’m using too many area tags. I’m using these as Areas of responsibility - but the truth is I keep ‘All areas’ selected for majority of the time.

I have to say, I like these articles you have started to post lately, very insightful!

I had done the same thing (made them as areas of focus) and just always used “All Areas” - so thank you for the blog post :+1:

But… If I understand your reasoning here, why shouldn’t “Areas” in Everdo just be named “Contexts” which seems to be what they are in the GTD terminology?

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I like that idea, this also would enable us to quickly change the context with the keyboard short cuts.

If you think context == area, you can simply put @ into your areas to get both types of behavior with the same tag. I do this for most areas.

I view contexts as more granular in general. However in many cases it makes sense to have a context equal to an area.

I use areas as areas of focus… It’s the best implementation for me. Just using to filter actions and projects during the weekly review to be sure that i’m aligned on my purposes for every area of my life.