How to optimally formulate next actions
I think it's important to formulate next actions right. It's better to have Call uncle Ben to discuss action plans re garage furniture to make it look fashion then Call uncle Ben re garage furniture. Any ideas or insights on what's the best way to formulate NAs?
re: Articulating Next Actions
You're exactly right: Greater specificity is better (although you may be limited to what you can see on your smart phone or other device if you have limited screen size - something to consider).
I actually think much of what Next Actions are missing is connection to a clearly articulated outcome. The outcome clearly, and specifically, states what 'Done' would mean. So…
I'm satisfied with the look and feel of the furniture in the garage | @ Phone: Call uncle Ben to discuss action plans
After you call uncle Ben, you can add the next action step. The key is how important it is to have (a) A clearly articulated outcome and (b) To see that outcome on the runway with the next action needed to move it forward. Many next action lists lack this clarity and thus many next actions simply get left undone.
In addition, if the outcome takes quite a few steps to complete, it should go to Projects and you should specify the primary purpose, standards, outcome vision, and the action steps needed to complete it.
You can also change the format so that all of your contexts show first:
@ Phone: Call uncle Ben to discuss action plans | I'm satisfied with the look and feel of the furniture in the garage
Hope this helps.