"Context" is very much my favorite word these days. People around me must be getting really sick of hearing me yammer on about it.
Doing less things at a time is, as usual, the best way to get more work done, but that seems to be lost on the modern organizational paradigm of "ad-hoc cross-competency teams" that assumes (wrongly) that:
- you can slice your time across many different projects provided you are given clear bounds on your assignment.
- you're flexible enough to accommodate everyone's whim.
- you and the rest of your so-called "team" will have compatible schedules.
I need to "go offline" more often, allow myself to stay "in context" on a project or task for longer periods of time. Being pulled in 20 directions at all times, while I seem to have adapted quite well to it, is still a sub-optimal way of being and causes me a near constant, albeit mild and subtle, anxious tummy ache. ;p