Question: When there are a number of next actions and the project is due soon ...
I am new to GTD and to this forum. I have a question. - I've probably missed something somewhere. Please forgive me if the answer is obvious.
When I process all my projects and list my next actions, how do I manage the projects that have a number of next actions that will need to be completed before the next review? - i.e. I think I read the example of buying a new lawnmower somewhere. I put that on my projects list and I might put 'research possible models online' on my @computer list. I do that and can cross it off. However, there are many more next actions that I need to complete before I have actually gone to the shop and bought the lawnmower. What if I need the lawnmower in two days time and my next major review of my projects list isn't due until five days. I can't wait until then to put the next 'next action' on one of my lists. - But maybe I've misunderstood something.
I hope you'll be gentle with me if the answer is obvious! - I look forward to receiving your expertise and hope you don't feel like I'm wasting your time.
Don't forget your nagging wife!
While we are at it: make sure you use the Tickler correctly. If you want to use some digital tools to emulate Tickler functionality, that's fine, but get it going.
You want your Tickler OR/AND Calendar to remind you of due dates and urgencies. The Tickler can be a good substitute for a nagging wife "honey, don't forget you wanted to do the lawn this week", it differs from the Calendar because you don't see what she's coming up with tomorrow.
Keeping track of deadlines
Thank you both for your very helpful replies. That makes perfect sense Barb.
Can anyone give some practical advice on how to keep track of deadlines within the system so that you know what's coming up, know how many next steps need to be taken (I guess Barb's mind map in project support is key to that), know that you're moving through the next actions quickly enough and that you're prioritizing your entire list of next actions appropriately given the relative deadlines and ensure you meet the deadline?
Cpu_Modern, could you explain further how you use the tickler for this?
Does anyone else have other ideas?
Thanks again for your advice!