Reference vs Someday/ Maybe?
I have a lot of old notes from various sources (random thinking, ideas, or seminar notes) and I can't really process them all now as they are not that time pressing and I have other priorities. However, I want to constantly work on processing them. So my question is how I manage that. Here are my considerations:
The notes/ digital files of random thinking and ideas will go to a either reference A-Z. However, here the question is whether I am mixing reference with next actions, since these files are unprocessed and not really pure reference as there is still an action attached to them (i.e. processing them)? So, I was thinking to process them by creating a folder called "old unprocessed random thoughts and ideas" and then put those into my reference, BUT putting a item in Someday/ Maybe called "processing old random thoughts". Would the item then be considered processed? Is it the rightfully in the reference location ...... OR ALTERNATIVELY should I do the following:
Put the folder "old unprocessed thoughts and Ideas" directly INTO the folder of someday/ maybes? Or is that bad practice as I am now mixing up things again?
Please help, as often with this ...so confused :-( Thanks in advance!
An old-notes processing project
You can create a project which is to "process old notes", and create a folder for the old notes as you said. Now this folder is like an inbox, but only to hold the old notes separately, not open to the new stuff coming to you. Process these old-notes in small manageable chunks of time. Those are the actions that you take on the "process old notes" project, till you finish those.
This is usually the case when there is a pre-GTD backlog, when there is nothing urgent in it.
The point is that even someday/maybe items are processed items, in the sense that you have really decided that they are not outcomes that you have (yet) committed to. So it's different from unprocessed stuff.
These sound like Read & Review actions
Assuming that your notes are organized in some manner (i.e. pages aren't scattered), each set of notes you have is an individual "Read & Review" action. Drop them in the Read & Review basket.
If necessary, you can group the notes into categories, put them in folders, and toss the folders full of notes in the Read & Review tray.