Well said, LOL! (And I like trees, too.)
Originally Posted by treelike
To Canadianian: By the way, I'm Canadian, too. Here's an example to illustrate the usefulness of sorting actions by context, not by project. Suppose I have a bunch of projects, including "organize a party at my house on a certain date" and "fix my bicycle", and also a bunch of single actions -- things that need to be done but don't count as whole projects because they contain only one action. Let's say "buy safety pins" is a single action in my system.
Then, when I go to the hardware store, all I have to do is look at my "list of things to buy at the hardware store" (yes, I do maintain such a list, on part of a page in a paper notebook that's in my pocket all the time). This list might contain an item of kitchen equipment I want to buy to help prepare food for the party; something I need to fix my bicycle; and safety pins. I don't need to worry right then about which project each of those is for -- I just look at the list and buy the things (or, I can change my mind on the spot, knowing what each of them is for.)
Later, I'll be able to use each of them for the next step in whatever project. Actually, I guess the next step with the safety pins is to put them in the place where I usually keep safety pins, but (hopefully!!) I would just do that automatically when I unload the stuff after coming home from shopping. I don't have to write "put away groceries" on any list. Actually, I used to bring (non-grocery) stuff home, forget where I put it, and a week or so later get frustrated when I wanted to use it; I think generally using GTD has helped me think more logically about putting things where I'll run across them at the right times or remember to use them and be able to find them; I think to myself "what's the next step with this thing?" or "where will I be when I want to use this?" as I'm putting it away.
Last edited by cwoodgold; 01-11-2013 at 03:37 AM.
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