I had this problem before. but it is solved with a simple method.
Although project steps/next actions (both can be the same or separated depends on how your plan your project) can be written/track in project support file/folders (depends on what media/tools you used. for me it's the notes field in my digital list). Then, you can mark the previous action as done and copy and paste the next action into your system.
The thing I dislike about this is I have to copy and paste the next action from the project support to my list. I find this to be troublesome and takes times to switch between views, copy and paste and switch view again.
so, my solution is simple:
- I added 1 additional field/category/tags in my system, which is the "ACTIVE" field/category/tags in my next action.
- Using this method, i can brainstorm or create multiple steps/next action related to my project. Then i put "ACTIVE" field/category/tags on the next action i want to act on.
- After i have done my "ACTIVE" next action, i can see my project steps/next action and mark the rest of the "INACTIVE" steps/next action "ACTIVE"
here's a picture to help you understand.
the STAR icon is my "ACTIVE" next action. the RED CIRCLE icon is my waiting for, indicates the project/next action is waiting for. Of course, i can filter my list so i see my list based on context.
You can use this method in whichever media.
hope this helps!