What are some ways of handling these situations that work for people? I keep thinking that I am over-looking or not getting some basic principle.
I am processing and begin to execute what I think will be a two-minute action. But, I discover that:
1. It is going to take more than the time I have at hand, even if it is a one-off action.
2. It is part of an active project but I had not considered this aspect. I need to make a note of this and incorporate it into project planning. Or, , it changes the next action on my list (a good reason to try to associate actions with projects). For example, I went to replace a battery in a receiver and found I needed to order a new housing that holds and the battery in place. To find the part number I have to take the old housing apart, for which I need to identify the size tool I need and then get it. But, my next action after replacing the battery and getting this gizmo to work was to order a special cleaner for it (independent) but I am not going to clean it if I can't get the new battery housing anyway.
3. It is a someday maybe, but I don't know yet if it will stand alone or be part of a project. I need to remember to incorporate it when I plan the project and when I decide if the project is active or not.
4. It is so important that it will make me want to make the project active as soon as I can.
5. It is actually part of a routine but no one has been doing it routinely, either because no one was thinking about it or no one wanted to.