As the day progresses, meetings get cancelled, phone calls take more or less time than projected, people are late to meetings, etc., resulting in unforeseen discretionary time of various durations.
Since I enter a time estimate for each and every task that I enter into RTM, I use this quick search to generate a list of tasks that will fit into the newly discovered available time:
location:work AND timeEstimate:"15 min"
This gives me all work-related tasks that will fit exactly into 15 minutes. Change the available time in the search string to generate tasks of different durations.
location:work AND timeEstimate:"<31 min"
This results in all work-related tasks of durations between 1 minute to 30 min. This gives me more options: 1 task of 30 minutes, two 15-minute tasks, three 10-minute tasks, etc.
The major benefit is that I don't lose time THINKING about the tasks because RTM does that for me, leaving me with more time to DO the tasks.
Posted at 5:57pm on August 7, 2013