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02-02-2005, 07:06 AM
I'm trying to come up with a personal checklist to use to run through when I'm about to tackle or create next action, in the same way that I have a checklist of things to do on the weekly review. I was hoping for suggestions. Here's what I was thinking:
1. The next action should be concrete...
(some ideas? are there a list of words to do or avoid? general advice).
2. Am I the right person to do this... could I delegate this to someone?
3. Is this to vauge or big
(what do I do here?0
02-02-2005, 10:03 AM
4. That's too easy.
I've found an inverse relationship to the complexity of or aversion to a project and how granular its next action should be. At least for me, anyway.
02-02-2005, 11:36 AM
Mark, can you elaborate? I think I've noticed the same thing. For example, I have a Project
"Good steering committee meeting"
a good project name (describes how it will be if succesful).
Here's an action item
"Draft steering committee presentation"
which is actually a very large project itself.
I highly reccomend Merlin's great post re: Does this “next action” belong someplace else?"
In short, Merlin indicates few possible reasons for NA not being acted upon:
1. "It is not a single, atomic activity "
2."It is not a physical action"
3. "It is not really the very next action I need to take"
4. "It is not something I’ve actually committed to "
5. "It is poorly defined or just badly worded"
6. "It is nothing I can act on now"
7. I have no idea what this means"
02-02-2005, 04:34 PM
"What is the very next thing I can do to bring this project closer to completion."
Not sure if I stole that from the book or not, but that's the question I ask myself when looking at a big miess and trying to figure out what the Next Action is.
02-03-2005, 01:05 PM
Good stuff! I love Merlin's list. I have something on the order of Merlin's list in my weekly review checklist - if I'm noticing someting "growing stale" - that is a good time to do a little analysis - usually it is one of the reasons he gave.
02-03-2005, 01:40 PM
Mark, can you elaborate?
Sometimes my Next Actions will look like:
"Open Excel re: (name of project)"
"Open Word re: ..."
Risks being too granular, but the point is having Next Actions you're attracted to.