05-31-2006, 10:46 AM
It looks like I got an insignt and need a confirmation :) I think that the idea of the Daily Review is to check all the inboxes and process them to zero. While Weekly Review idea is to check all the projects and make sure there's minumum one NA for the projects. Is that the right approach?
05-31-2006, 11:36 AM
the idea of the Daily Review is to check all the inboxes and process them to zero
That is perhaps the correct action, but I think it better to understand the process than to memorize the action. So, the goal of the daily review is to capture incoming items and either act on them, defer them or delegate them so that they're not left floating in "in" forever. The goal of the weekly review is to step back and look at your projects, goals, etc. from a higher level to make sure that as many of them as possible are moving forward.
While Weekly Review idea is to check all the projects and make sure there's minumum one NA for the projects.
I'm not necessarily sure that EVERY project has to have a next action on every single week. For example, you might have a project that can only be done at your summer home, and that there isn't anything you can do to move it forward until you're there. In that case, there might not be a next action this week. (I suppose you could put "@Waiting For me to be at my summer home", but I would think that would tend to clutter up the Waiting For list with stuff you can't actually move on.)
The GTD book defines the Weekly Review as a time to:
Gather and process all your "stuff".
Review your system.
Update your lists.
Get clean, clear, current and complete.
Certainly that involves reviewing your projects list. But I think the goal is to make sure that projects are moving forward, that nothing's been overlooked or forgotten, and that you're comfortable enough with where things are that you can avoid worrying about them. That might mean defining a Next Action for every project, but -- depending on your projects -- not necessarily so.