Originally Posted by jduk
Well this is what a projects list is for.
You can tick off actions on your actions list, or calendar, but that Project title on the projects list is there as a stake in the ground to remind you that you have more actions.
What I do personally is I don't always follow the only the next action rule.
I use the Things app for Iphone to track my list and I have 2, 5, 15 actions dumped into one project.
I like it this way because like another poster said you don't want to have to rethink that same action later on.
Another note. Let's say that your email summary to your boss has to be sent to him by friday.
Well in order to complete that action, what I would do first is to put that deadline down as a "day specific action" which goes into the "all-day" section of my calendar for Friday.
So the last action with the deadline is tracked with a reminder.
And because there are actions that I need to get done before this in order to complete this, I will mark them down also as "day specific actions" and put them into the same "all-day" category on my calendar.
So "review notes" would be in the all-day section of my calendar on tuesday, "review summary" could be on wednesday, and "email summary to boss" would be on friday.
For me this works because in my job there are alot of these where I don't feel comfortable putting the first next action onto just a next actions list, and it didn't feel right as an appointment, but it does feel right and fits in the day specific slot. At least for me.