When you review a next action, the questions are: Why am I doing this? Do I still want to do this? Is there something I should be doing instead? It really doesn't matter that much whether it is linked to a project or some larger goal if you can answer those questions. However, the wording of a next action can provide cues to its connections to other things. For example "Call Bill" is not as useful as "Call Bill re shipping problem with Terra project". Writing good next actions is a learned skill. Of course, there are electronic options that link projects and next actions, but they may not work for you.
Originally Posted by Ipatove
If you go through the weekly review checklist a few times just the way DA laid it out, I am sure you will find value in it. If, after reviewing your calendar and next actions, you are still uncertain as to the status of a given project when you review your project list, that may be a sign you need to track that project more closely. Usually this means via project support material, which can be as simple as a folder or even a note attached to a project.