Projects and NAs tied in the head
Completely agree with you, David! Was it you who had written on similar lines two/three months ago? It really caught me, and then within a few days I was a convert! Earlier I used Thinking Rock and then a little script of my own just for this connection. But now after trying out the "connection in head only" game, I realized that connecting projects and NAs externally is really a drag.
Originally Posted by quantumgardener
In fact this way, some tiny projects never come onto my list. If a tap is broken at our office, the next action is 'ask the admin assistant to get it fixed' and then it becomes a 'Waiting for' item till the tap is fixed.. No extra entry in projects is required! Of course not true for even a little larger projects.
Since I review all my NAs once a day, I can immediately say whether there is an NA associated with a project whenever I look at a project. In fact this has even simplified my weekly review!
The actions have to be a little more descriptive sometimes, though. Not just 'call ABC', but 'call ABC re XYZ', since it is possible that after a few days I forget what was the call for, and may recall it only when I look at the projects list. But typing is never a problem for one who has learned it, and the time required to type such a whole sentence is less than that required to take the decision of how much to type.
It was really a feeling of moving on, dropping my own script. Now I use KOrganizer, a PIM that comes with Fedora, a linux distribution. I use categories to separate different lists. But it really does not matter which PIM, as far as it provides a calendar and lists which can be categorized. (It may call it a To-Do list, but never mind!)