To be honest that seems fairly straightforward. In each case you essentially have a deadline, whether that's the end of a day or a time in the day. In the last case its a soft deadline.
In my case I would simply leave it on my next action list, but put a reminder in my calendar at the last point that I safely could. So if i had to call someone anytime as long as it was done by Wednesday Id put the reminder Wednesday. If it was noon Wednesday Id put the reminder at 11am Wednesday.
That way if I review my list I might get chance to do it sooner, if I don't i have a reminder in place before it gets too late.
In the last case its just good self-management, and while soft deadlines are usually a bad idea, with something like getting clear before a holiday I think its beneficial. Use carefully though.
Of course if you don't do a thorough weekly review the whole thing falls over. That's where you spot that your leave is coming up and you'd feel great if you did such-and-such before going so make it a priority; where you realise that you wont catch someone unless you can call on a certain day and so stick a reminder in your calendar; where you realise you might be busy this week and not see your NA lists and decide that a reminder or 2 in your calendar would make you trust your system.
That will work for some. However my own experience is that its easier for me to keep reminders, hard deadlines and safety nets in my calendar.
Originally Posted by Noel
I've occasionally set meetings only to find I had big bits of work due the same day and had a frantic day when I could have scheduled it for a quieter time. That happened because I had to also check my gtd app as well as my calendar, and didn't because i was in a hurry.
No big deal, just mentioning it.
Ideally, one would go ahead and do the stuff before the due date. There's not much logical reason to do a large part of the stuff on the day it's due; there is reason to do it ahead of time. (I don't claim to necessarily do the ideal thing myself, though.)
Originally Posted by bishblaize