So I have no problem with the whole lack of a distinct connection between projects and actions on separate lists. But these items make it confusing:
-Some projects have "project plans" and "support material" where you are supposed to go for new "next actions", others don't. This creates confusion.
-Some projects don't have actions but rather "waiting for" items (and in my case some of them are noted in my email where I can't see them next to the list)
-Some actions are orphans and don't belong to projects at all
If it were a one-for-one relationship. where every project had one next action and vice-versa, it would be no problem to keep track of. But because the relationship isn't one-for-one then I spend a lot of time figuring out connections and if, indeed, each project has the correct next action.
AND...only when you're confident that you have next actions for everything can you work solely off of NA lists. Otherwise you might be working on something low priority and missing the higher priority NA.
There has to be a simpler way. The next action concept is brilliant for moving things forward but it creates an organizational nightmare.
(BTW, I use paper to manage Projects and NA)