Mean time to next action decision
Reviewing how I'm currently getting on, I'm reminded that David points out that one's system is only as good as the weakest link in the chain of collect-process-organise-review.
As a very experienced GTD-er my collection habits are well refined, and I have a high degree of confidence that things don't leak. My biggest weakness is in the processing area. I tend to capture open loops immediately, but I don't analyse a next action or intended outcome straight away. The result is a growing list of open loops which aren't defined as projects, and without next actions. I'll then spend some time working through that list and adding entries to a master project list, and next actions to appropriate context lists. This feels inefficient, as I am sure I am a) missing the opportunity to get in some quick 2 min wins b) building up anxiety/debt by recording only the vague internal commitment and not the intended outcome and action c) wasting time by recording things and processing after the event and d) risking prioritisation failure modes when I come to make moment-to-moment what to do next decisions, because I don't have all my options available.
It seems that the other extreme is to force oneself to make a next action decision the very moment the internal commitment appears and write it down then. How many of you do something like this, or is your mean time to next action decision more like mine, and somewhere between hours or even days away?