Must...resist...priorities...how to reduce list-scanning?
I'm your typical GTD novice. I have my (electronic) folder setup and it works fine. Things flow out of my Inbox to my Next Action list or a Project folder (or Waiting for, Someday/Maybe, etc.). That's the easy part.
What I struggle with is prioritizing everything that is a Next Action. Between single-step Next Actions and next actions from Projects, I have probably 150-250 items. They range from "revise book proposal that editor is interested in" to "order a 2nd ipod charger on the Internet". Most do not have any specific start/due date.
GTD preaches prioritization on the fly based on context, time, energy, and priority. I rarely find the first three constraining: I often have large blocks of time of time in overlapping contexts due to telecommuting and flexible work hours. I don't have many meetings or appointments, and while I have tons to do, I can sort out my time mostly as I prefer (within reason). Time and energy are generally not constraining factors.
So what's the best method for ordering all of the possible things I could do? Some really are more important than others. The book proposal is really important compared to ordering a second iPod charger, but in GTD they're both just items on the list of dozens. Yeah, I know, it's all intuitive/gut/etc. as Allen says, but for me it means very frequent list-scanning.
What is the best way to reduce the number of times I have to say "good, that's done, what's next...oh, let's go look through this huge list again" ?
I resist the idea of adding a priority to items...I've thought of making a tag for "important!" but that is prioritization under another name.
I use Toodledo for task management, but this is really not specific to that system.