If you are have everything else under control, there's nothing wrong with spending an hour on a random project. But processing your inbox is processing your inbox. If you stop in the middle to spend an hour on something, how do you know you're not neglecting something more important? Dump it on the project list, but all means. If you know the next action, put that on a list too. If not, you have two choices: put "figure out next action for project x" on the right list, or wait to determine a next action when you review your project list (that can be more frequent than weekly- it just has be at least weekly).
Originally Posted by tomguy
Another point: a rule of thumb is that for most people, 80% of projects just need a next action, 15% just need a very simple plan, and 5% need something more elaborate. Elaborate planning is a waste of time for the vast majority of projects, because in most cases the next action is pretty obvious, and the next one after that may change with no notice.
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