I've been trying to implement GTD over the last year, but find myself stumbling around and never quite "getting it."
Right now I 've got a list of context-based actions in my Palm desktop, synched at home and at the office to my elderly PDA (a Sony CLIE).
However, those actions aren't necessarily "Next Actions"--they are just every "to-do" I capture. (Think, endless and overwhelming list.) So where do all those tasks go that aren't Next Actions go?
It's been difficult for me to think about bigger projects and their "next actions" without seeing a list of possible actions and doing overall planning. I'd like to be able to re-sort the tasks (@phone, @computer, etc.) by project and then sort back into contexts.
I thought about just creating an Excel spreadsheet for tasks and projects so I could sort and re-sort. I'm spoiled on having my PDA with me and not having to depend on paper lists. Then again, I primarily use the PDA for calendar and contacts, so many a printed task list would work for me.
Either way, though, I have to overcome my confusion about projects, Next Actions, and actions that aren't Next.
I'm open to software solutions, although an expensive solution would be a financial hardship. Nozbe is intriguing, although it gives me a twitch to not have off-line back-ups of my data.
Thanks for any help!