Won't work for me. For example, Yes, I DO need a next action defined for every active project. Not necessarily for every possible project but for the ones I am currently working on I do. Because I do have so many choices I need the next actions lists to help winnow those down to what I can realistically do right now at this time given what I have available, where I am and the weather. Next actions lists are vital to that process.
Originally Posted by supergtdman
Also both of those projects, buy a mac and write a book are exactly the sort of project that cries out for the structured approach of GTD. For me those are not simple projects I can do without planning. I'm actually doing both of those projects right now!. Buy a Mac (not macbook but same idea) is on my project list. I used the GTD process to define my needs, do some research including estimating when Apple will do a refresh of the iMac line and am currently waiting for that to happen, probably in late fall.
Write a book is even more critical to define. I have plots to track, timelines, characters and more. All of that fits neatly into a GTD system of next actions, for example right now I have a research task, an update the timeline task, a flesh out character description for character X task and a review sub-plot task for my book. Just an amorphous pile of reference material isn't sufficient to keep me moving forward on that project at all.
Process is critical and review is critical and I think leaving out those steps makes the overwhelming tide of incoming data, tasks and reference material impossible to use.
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