Hybrid single Next Action / Project list? (Outlook)
Hi all. I've read the book and a lot of the forum, but I guess I'm still fuzzy on why you would want to divorce your Next Action list from your Project list.
Perhaps I'm confused because of my working scenario -- a set of projects that always have a single Next Action. If there were multiple parallel actions I can see why you'd need multiple Next Action items.
But in this case, I'm left wondering if it's really necessary to build out a separate Next Action list.
I'm theorizing that I could instead indicate the Next Action right there in the title of the Project folder, like:
"Article on Confidentiality (Call Donna for details)"
And then put that folder itself in the @Call list, or whatever.
That way all the Project emails etc. are together, along with my notes in chronological order.
And then of course I can just move the project folder around as needed whenever I change the next action.
(For the record, I can't install any plugins and I need to do this inside of Outlook, so those are my constraints.)
Any advice appreciated! Thank you!
How many follow the pig-pog method?
This is an intriguing thread....how many GTDers out there follow the pig-pog method? I can see a strong benefit in that it forces one to maintain a next action for each project. Of course, one downside as pointed out by mcogilvie is that you can only have ONE next action on your context lists per project.
What does the GTD team feel about this approach?
mixed lists produce mixed meanings
@jengagne: Projects are end states or outcomes (i.e. the way things are when you're done). Next actions are things that you physically do (verbs, verbs, verbs). If you mix the lists the meaning of the list becomes mixed. When you want to know what you can do from where you are physically you don't really need to know what the outcome is -- you just need to move.