Use the project plan to define atomic, do-able next actions on your action lists during reviews. You only need to have one physical action on your list related to that project to keep it moving forward. Don't put any physical actions on your action lists that have dependencies on other actions or outcomes that haven't happened yet. Only put actions that you can do right now with available context, time and energy on your active lists. Leave everything else in the plan or project support material.
A GTD system isn't rigid or complex. In fact, the simpler the system the better. You can "wing it" as often as you like. Sometimes I find myself "in the zone" working towards a particular outcome and don't even look at my lists. When I decide to stop, however, I need to make sure that I know what I'm going to do when I want to pick up that work again. That's when I define a next action and park the reminder in the appropriate place. If for some reason I don't do it then, I clean up that residue during my weekly review.
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