Not wrong to wake it up at all.
In some ways I already do what you suggest. For long term things like the weaving example, as long as at weekly review time I am satisfied with the progress I am making on the overall project I don't bother to split the actions down further. But I sometimes have ones that are stuck. When that happens I catch it at weekly review, realize I am unhappy with the progress I am not making and rethink the project and next action.
My current one is my scrapbooks. I am working on my 2008 Family Book. I had as a next action, Lay out all 2008 pictures. Nothing was getting done on that at all. It was too large. So I broke it down to Lay out 1 months 2008 pictures. That seems to be working and I have it set to start up again so many days after I check it off. I actually use a project template for scrapbook projects. Lay out pictures is one step of several. The coarse granularity works for most scrapbook projects but this one for some reason was different.
For the vaccinate sheep and toe trims type stuff I do exactly what you have said. I have a project Vaccinate Sheep with actions, in sequence of vaccinate pregnant ewes 2 weeks before lambing, vaccinate rams, vaccinate ram yearlings, vaccinate ewe yearlings, vaccinate pet sheep, vaccinate early lambs first shot, vaccinate early lambs 2nd shot, vaccinate late lambs 1st shot, vaccinate late lambs 2nd shot. The entire series kicks off keyed on the expected first lambing date which is keyed off the date the rams go in with the ewes. This sequence repeats every year. There is always an active vaccinate sheep project because I am always waiting for the next instance to start. I do much the same thing for other recurring sheep management tasks.
Which is my point, those are projects, they are never really done although I guess you can think of a single set of them being done, but they are not areas of focus, they are projects.
Some sheep management tasks are not as well tied to dates. Deworming is much more fluid. We have to deworm 24-48 hours before going out on pasture in spring and then as needed during summer and sometime after a good hard frost in winter. Those are fluid dates and I may not know the turn-out date until just before we actually do it.
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