What's wrong with having 5 NA's from this project? What is it exactly that
Originally Posted by Mike L
makes you feel overwhelmed?
"loosen the soil" may be a single NA; or maybe it's something that takes
more than one period of work on more than one day, so you could put
"start loosening the soil" instead. Do you know which tool you'll use to
do that, and have the tool ready? Maybe the NA should be instead
"Look in basement for spade" or "phone Jill and ask for advice on which
tool to use for loosening soil". If each NA is a single, doable physical action
that you know how to do, they'll feel less overwhelming.
"buy a hose": is this a single action you know how to do? I might put
"hose" on a shopping list so I'd see it when I'm planning to go shopping.
Maybe it should be "search Internet for information on types of hoses" or
something if you haven't decided yet. Or "look at hoses at hardware store"
so you can think it over and decide another day which one to buy.
"buy some plants": again, do you know how, or would you need to do
some thinking about what type of plant? Is it exactly the right time of
year to buy them? Narrow it down to a single physical action you could
do now if you were in the right place.
"start some seeds": Can you really do this before loosening the soil?
(If not, it's not a NA until you loosen the soil.)
Do you have all the materials ready to be able to do this? How about
instead of this, putting "Find seedling containers in basement" or
"buy seedling containers" or "buy seeds".
I don't mind having a fair number of NAs. I sort them by context, priority and
the amount of energy it will take to do them, so I don't have to read
them all every time. You can decide how many NAs you feel
comfortable with, and when
you have more, move some to Someday/Maybe.