key concept that can help your thinkig and behavior
Not to belabor the point, but for me, physically dividing stuff helps me to conceptualize the project and shows me what steps I can do in small time units or other specifically allocated resources. This is really helpful for overcoming procrastination because you are preparing to do the next action and you are relieved from doing it at the moment but there is a little tension or an incomplete gestalt over not doing. Also,if I can separate an action step from the rest of the project materials, then I can execute the step in the suitable context but by keeping the project support folder in my active project drawer a place is held in my mental life for returning the completed action back to the project. Let's say you are processing stuff from your in box and you collect several items to photocopy that refer to different projects. There is a copier in the next room, you know it is usually free at 4:00pm ,so you have completed the action of deciding when you will do the copying, and your next action is actually copying. So these papers in the folder are action support; but if you are buying a photocopier, your folder that contains clippings, reviews, and desired specs, that would be project support. When you have made your choice, opened the box, and set it up and it works, you would toss out what you do not need and just the manual and other owner info, would remain. That folder would then be action support for learning to use the thing. Once you learn it, you decide to laminate one sheet of the instructions and attach them to the copier. You might need a folder for a copy of the page until you can laminate it. That way you would not take the manual away while you are waiting for a chance to do the lamination.
Let's say you need to conduct an interview to gather information from someone for a project. When you do the interview you might just take only the question list and whatever you want to give the informant and whatever you need to get there and back (permission form, parking and driving directions). I would call that action support. However, you have a bigger folder or folders that contain project support for the whole project. If the project is small enough, it might be one folder and an specific action might be marked with a sticky note or these very cool clips called KeyNotes that are available from Staples (they are a paperclip with a tab you can write on).