I remember David giving a couple of examples of what may influence your choice of which next action to pick: immovable events on your calendar that must be prepared for is one. Another is energy level. If your energy is high, a difficult next action may be appropriate -- if it is low, pick a next action that can be done with that level of energy.
Originally Posted by tima
Starting your day by working on the two most important things to be done is a variant on this. Maybe we give it a context of 'highly motivational' vs a context of 'yes, I guess I probably should take a step forward on this'. Start with the 'highly motivational' -- if I want to feel 'productive' at the end of the day, and if I can only accomplish two things, what should I work on? My point is that the 'things' that are highly motivational often are NOT next actions -- they are higher level -- maybe projects or even goals. And, in the course of the day, you will take MANY next actions towards those one or two projects or goals.
Once you accomplish those one or two things, THEN look at the next action list.
So yes, the next action list is still important. It gives balance to your life, keeps you moving in all aspects, keeps things from falling through the cracks, gives you peace of mind that you are addressing all needs, and prevents emergencies from erupting. But I can get lost (and de-motivated) in all that detail.
I bet somebody can tie this in with the weekly review. If the weekly review is done properly, maybe I will be content with my next action list.