These 2 statements say to me that they are not the real next actions and they may have hidden projects in there. I use the trick of playing a movie in my mind of exactly how I would do the action and often discover that the action I wrote down isn't the real next action. Sounds like you need to spend a bit more time with those actions and ferret out what the true real next action is and also tag where the related stuff will be filed.
Originally Posted by Suelin23
I often have actions like that and I need to be really specific about them or I ignore them entirely. One of my current ones is "Update Sheep NSIP data for 2010 drop - list of sheep, id & lambing ease in folder Sheep NSIP September in small cabinet" and the context is @Mac LibreOffice
IOW I make the next action so simple that all I have to do is read the action, go grab the folder and get to work. Now in my case it turns out that next action, which I thought would take about 6-8 hours, is already at 14 hours and counting but at least it is a granular next action.
When I started my action was "Update NSIP Data" and I'd been avoiding it for weeks. When I tried to do it I realized I needed a list of sheep to update, what their lambease scores were, what their ID numbers were and so I had a series of next actions to do before I could get to the update data one. I had to decide which sheep to update, assign new id numbers if required or verify existing ones, locate lambing records for 2010 to determine lambing ease scores and so on.
I bet your problem actions are equally as vague as mine were and once you get to a true next action you'll sail right along getting them done.
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