newbie idea: is a project list necessary?
Hi all, newbie here. I've already become a big fan of the GTD program in the few months I've used it, and have found great delight in incorporating it into a 5x8 Moleskine notebook with tabs and a calendar insert. Along the way, I came up with the following idea:
Is a project list necessary? Before you decapitate me for heresy, hear me out. I'd like to get input on the idea.
I made a project list, and each list has an underlined keyword written in all caps. Example: Maintain TRUCK. My next action for that project may look like "@ Store: TRUCK--Buy oil for oil change." Upon completing that action, I then (immediately, upon completion), write the next Next Action into my list.
It seems that most projects are relatively straightforward a simple keyword reminder is enough to tell us all we need to know as far as what the goal is (e.g.: LAWN, TRUCK, DIET). For such projects, a projects list may be unnecessary. This may cause trouble for my RAM, but I don't know yet.
Some keywords are for bigger projects that have more moving parts. What of these, you ask? Well, the Project Support material takes care of that. The keyword MERGER (78) or LAWSUIT (84) indicates where to go for the Project Support list, so as each of the Next Actions for those are crossed off, I'd know to go to the Project Support page to scan for new Next Actions and immediately write them in.
I admit, I am just tossing the idea out there in theory because I haven't yet implemented it--I want to think it through more. The goal is to have as simple a system as possible, but no simpler.
What do you all think?
Thanks for your input
Further thoughts on the necessity of a project list...
...can be found in this thread
Must get off the runway at some point
One of the things that appeals to me about GTD is the matrix of self management which looks at how we maintain control and perspective. Control is achieved through the 5 stages of Mastering Workflow. Perspective is achieved through the Horizons of Focus. This has Runway Next Actions linked to 10000ft Projects which relate to 20000ft Areas of Focus/Responsibility. And so on up to 50000ft. Projects therefore are crucial. They are the glue between your daily activity and where you want to go over the next 12 months or so. In my Weekly Review I focus on my Projects and how they relate to my Areas of Focus - it's like an audit. If there's not a connection I ask myself why. What needs to change? The Runway NAs or the Area of Focus?
I couldn't run my GTD system without Projects.