A step for me is the smallest indivisible unit of a job that has more than one of these units to complete before it is done.
Originally Posted by SapphireHyperDrive
There is nothing in a step that indicates time at all. Sometimes a step is seconds or minutes, sometimes years (in my world). Some projects can be conceived, started and finished within 2-3 minutes, some projects (again for me, not in the general GTD usage) can span years.
The general rule is a project is one that can be done within a year but that doesn't work for me.
This am found a sick ram, within 2-3 minutes we determined the problem is really serious, had a call into the vet for an emergency and had gotten him into a more comfortable place. We're now int eh waiting for vet to arrive stage of that project.
Get a dress form for me:
One step was research dress forms on the internet. That step alone took maybe an hour over a couple of days. Another was talk to my friends about dress forms y and z for opinions. Then research lowest price including shipping for dress form y. Order dress form y. Wait until delivered. Then a task to adjust dress form to match my measurements which I just completed today with help from a friend that took about 2 hours.
Long Term Project:
Weave enough fabric to make a Moy gown replica from my handspun. This one could span decades, I need about 30,000 yards of 22wpi singles yarn with a diameter of between 1 to 1.5mm thick. Then I have to measure the yarns for the warp and warp the loom with over 1300 ends. I'll be filling bobbins with the yarn for weaving the weft for lots of hours and the weaving itself is probably going to take me something like 400-500 hours. Once all the yarn is spun and the loom warped and the bobbins filled there is nothing more to do but throw the shuttle in the prescribed pattern to weave the cloth and given how fast I can weave that style of fabric I know it will take me between 400-500 hours of time to do the one step "Weave 10 yards of Moy Gown Fabric"
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