This is not a newbie question thread. And I'm not saying let's just collect data and just search without organising.
I'm thinking would you even really need a gtd next action list all that much? Would you even often go "hmmm... What can I do... Let's see all possible next actions"
It's not how people decide what to do. You usually already know what to do.
I mean sometimes next actions are useful and you need to be reminded of what is due. But do you really need a next action for every possible project?
Think about it
For example you have a project "bought macbook". You need to collect information, do some research, maybe eventually order it online, etc. Do you even need to define next actions for this at all? I feel like it's a waste of time and effort.
You just work on it as you go naturally, whenever you feel like it. Save and organise information as you go and that's it.
Another example "write a book". Do you need next actions for this? All you really need is to organise reference, support material. You know you if you want to write, you know when you want to write.
Sometimes next actions are still useful so you can still use them. More like a simple to do list. But the system could be simplified. Maybe a simplier system would work when you are already extremely well organised and can never forget anything anyway. Nothing ever falls through the cracks anyway.
I'm not saying dump gtd. Gtd is common sense. To do lists, due dates, calendar, reference, etc. it's all common sense. I'm thinking about update for gtd system.
Remember than when David Allen designed the system there was no Evernote, good smartphones, google glass, etc.
All he had were his lists, his reference system was crap compared to what we have now so he had to organise much more. Now it's different.
Collect. Process. Organize. Review. Do.
Collect and Organize. Do.
You always collect and organise. You always do. Those are natural processes anyway. Don't think in terms of standard gtd system by the book, think in terms of what is useful and what is helpful to you. Think about gtd but less effort and more payoff.
Maybe simple to do lists and calendar (on top of being super organised) are not that bad after all... David Allen uses kind of straw man examples like "mum" as to do item to make them look bad. That's not a to do list I'm talking about.
what do you think?
Last edited by supergtdman; 08-10-2013 at 11:01 PM.